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Two "fruity" gin and tonics

A quick 101 on making gin-and-tonic

I imagine hardly anyone needs an instruction on how to make a Gin-and-Tonic, or G-and-T. Could it be the world’s most popular drink? But there are different ways to do it. For example, in this video, they use a blood grapefruit. Personally, I prefer a slice of lemon or lime. Some use cucumbers, blueberries and […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 179, July 2018

No, organic-biodynamic-natural is not at all like “in the old days” We often hear people say that organic (biodynamic, “natural”) wine growers work the way farmers did in the past. And that’s true in some ways. Synthetic pesticides – banned for the organic growers – have not always existed. However, crops have always been in […]

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Oak barrel ageing and fermentation cellar, Chateau du Tertre

What’s on at BKWine Tours (June 2018)

Autumn 2018 Champagne, September 26-30 Bordeaux, October 10-14 Douro Valley in Portugal, October 17-21 South Africa, November 9-19 Winter 2019 Chile-Argentina, January 20 – February 4, 2019 South Africa, February 16-24, 2019 New Zealand, March 11-26, 2019 For more information please contact us on email or on phone (we’re on French time), or go to […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 178, June 2018

To taste blind or not blind, that is the question. The answer is simple! Is it better to taste wines blind, semi-blind or open? That question has popped up several times lately. In recent months, I have been to wine tastings, wine seminars and in the jury of wine competitions, where that question has been […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 177, May 2018

The impossible and absurd objectivity No, it is impossible to judge wine after a neutral and objective quality scale. But first… Is it important for the wine consumer if a wine has a “medal” in a wine competition? Some think it’s irrelevant. Another point of view that we often hear is “a medal! Then at […]

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Vineyards in New Zealand

New wine travel destination: New Zealand

We have just launched a new and really exciting travel destination: New Zealand. The country is best known for its white wines made from sauvignon blanc (and perhaps also its rugby team?), but there are many other excellent wines as well, for instance exquisite pinot noir and powerful syrah wines. It is also a country […]

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Chateau Latour barrel cellar, Bordeaux

What’s on at BKWine Tours as of May 2018

Autumn 2018 Champagne, September 26-30 Bordeaux, October 10-14 Douro Valley in Portugal, October 17-21 South Africa, November 9-19 Winter 2019 Chile-Argentina, January 20 – February 4, 2019 South Africa, February 16-24, 2019 New Zealand, March 11-26, 2019 For more information please contact us on email or on phone (we’re on French time), or go to […]

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Vineyard with tool shed in Burgundy

An introduction to Burgundy, the wine region

“Burgundy… Say it. Feel it. Taste it. The word evokes a very special wine country and a very special wine. It makes me think of gently rolling hills. Vineyards all the way to the horizon. Winding roads. Small villages. Unique wines and superb French gastronomy. When I started tasting and drinking wine Burgundy was one […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 176, April 2018

Varietal or terroir? Or just “different”? The grape variety was not really important before the New World wines appeared on a larger scale in the 1990s. Well, of course it was important. But consumers did not care about which grapes the wines were made of. They bought a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, a Moselle or Rhine […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 175, March 2018

My taste and your taste We all have our own personal taste. We enjoy different styles of wines, not necessarily the same as our neighbour. Our opinion about a wine is always personal. It is virtually impossible to give a completely neutral, yet meaningful, review of a wine. In fact, to think that there is […]

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Le Grand Theatre i Bordeaux

City guides for France and Argentina

We have also put together a few short city guides, which give you an introduction to some important cities in the wine world. First out are France and Argentina. They give you a little bit of a taste of the cities and maybe some tips on what to do when you’re out on a wine […]

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The La Spinetta wine cellar in Piedmont

Wine travellers on wine travelling experiences

We have collected a few more comments from our travellers on what they have to say about our tours: “I felt like an important VIP guest!”, said a traveller on a wine tour in Le Marche “A total success, what more could one wish for?”, said those who travelled on a wine tour in South […]

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The Corton hill in Burgundy with Corton-Charlemagne

On Burgundy’s appellations and grapes

“Some of the most unique wines in the world – reds and white – come from Burgundy. A well-made red Bourgogne (or Burgundy wine if you prefer), made from the elusive pinot noir grape variety, is a wine of elegance, hardly found anywhere else. The fruity aromas are mixed with a hint of autumn leaves […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 174, February 2018

Are the good old days gone forever? Perhaps the wines were better before, in the good old days? If you want to go really far back in time, back to the 19th century you can long for the ungrafted vines that existed before the phylloxera came. Since then, almost all of the world’s vineyards have […]

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Hemel en Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Africa

What’s on at BKWine Tours as per January 2018

Winter 2018 Chile and Argentina, January 27 – February 11 (full) South Africa, February 23 – March 5 (full) Spring 2018 Bordeaux, April 25-29 Autumn 2018 Champagne, September 26-30 Bordeaux, October 10-14 Douro Valley in Portugal, October 17-21 South Africa, November 9-19 Winter 2019 Chile-Argentina, Jan-Feb New Zealand, March For more information please contact us […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 173, January 2018

“sans” – does it make sense? There is a new trend, still a bit discreet. But it will perhaps – probably – increase. We see it in France and it probably exists in other wine countries as well. I’m talking about the “without sulphur” trend, sans sulfites ajoutés. Or rather, “without added sulphur”. This is […]

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Willi Klinger of the Austrian wine marketing board Wines of Austria

A great day for Austrian wines

It is not every day one can enjoy a wealth of Austrian wines in Paris. It’s a pity. I’ve been to Austria several times and the wines I have tasted are fantastic. Outstanding whites and reds that are not so well know, from not so well-known indigenous varieties, that are also making great headway. And […]

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Cook Magazine Cover

Cook Magazine (Belgium) on our Organic Wine Book

Cook Magazine is a very beautiful glossy magazine for restaurants, chefs, and hotels in Belgium. As many publications in Belgium, it is bilingual and publishes everything in two languages. A bit like BKWine Magazine by the way. The difference being, of course, that for Cook it is Dutch (or Flemish) and French, two of the […]

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Lunching in Valpolicella

What the travellers say about Chile-Argentina and many other destinations

On the travel blog on BKWineTours we have recently published a selection of comments from people who have travelled with us to different wine destinations. We are always happy for feedback. Read what some of the travellers sad: Campania: “A lovely and interesting tour” Rioja “Beyond expectations; overwhelming” Sicily: “Wonderful and Inspiring Wine Tour” Chile […]

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Cool climate vineyard landscape in Walker Bay on the south coast

What’s on at BKWine Tours, as per January 2018

Winter 2018 Chile and Argentina, January 27 – February 11 (full) South Africa, February 23 – March 5 (full) Spring 2018 Bordeaux, April 25-29 Autumn 2018 More to come: Bordeaux, October 10-14 South Africa, November 9-19 Winter 2019 Chile-Argentina, Jan-Feb New Zealand, March For more information please contact us on email or on phone (we’re […]

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