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The Atawere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand

Pressure chamber will help New Zealand wine growers to irrigate at the right time

Many wine regions are doing research to better understand the challenges posed by climate change. In the recently inaugurated Bragato Research Institute in Blenheim, Marlborough, in New Zealand, 84 small fermentation tanks and a lot of other necessary equipment, some in miniature format, will enable various research projects for both viticulture and vinification. After two […]

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A vine leaf attacked by mildiou (downy mildew)

Reduced spraying in the vineyard with the help of viscosity

The idea seems brilliant. The company De Sangosse has developed a new product, a so-called adjuvant, named LE 846, whose viscous and liquid properties help to reduce the spraying by a quarter against downy and powdery mildew, two difficult fungal diseases. This adjuvant will reduce the amount of fungicide remaining in the air. There will […]

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Cordon simple pruning

Large-scale viticulture, how does it work?

How is it possible for some wines to cost so little? Is it about mass production, about advanced industrialization? A new project run by Anivin de France, the association of producers of Vin de France, in collaboration with the research institute Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin, shows how to mechanize more efficiently […]

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After lunch, at Col d'Orcia, Montalcino, Tuscany

The 200th issue of our wine newsletter

Quoted from our introduction to the BKWine Brief number 200: “Newsletter number 200! It was not something we planned when we started. 200 monthly newsletters. The first, BKWine Brief Nr 1, was in May 2003. Seventeen years ago. SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO. The year when the Concorde made its last flight. The last VW Buggy in […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

Chardonnay, the swan that became an ugly duckling? | Issue 200 | Where are we now? | New Brief out, #200 | The Wine & Wine Travel Newsletter

Chardonnay, the swan that became an ugly duckling? …and… Issue 200 …and… Where are we now? This will be a long Brief, so save it and read when you have the time. Let’s start with the swan. It is alarming how sometimes an arbitrary strange thing spreads from one wine writer to the next, from […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 200, April 2020

Chardonnay, the swan that became an ugly duckling? …and… Issue 200 …and… Where are we now? This will be a long Brief, so save it and read when you have the time. Let’s start with the swan. It is alarming how sometimes an arbitrary strange thing spreads from one wine writer to the next, from […]

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Unison Vineyard Reserve Merlot Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

New Zealand pioneer Unison Vineyard interprets Gimblett Gravels terroir | Britt on Forbes

Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand was famous for its red wines long before Central Otago. Already in 1851, the country’s oldest still existing winery was founded here, Mission Estate. Another prominent pioneer in Hawke’s Bay, founded in early 1900, is Church Road, now owned by French Pernod Ricard. Having been overrun by Central Otago as […]

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Tasting wines blind in hidden bottles at the Languedoc Week

How to choose 100 good producers from Languedoc-Roussillon among the 10,000 there is?

“Languedoc-Roussillon is a big area. Around 200,000 hectares. Exactly how many producers there are is difficult to know, but it is probably about 10,000 to 15,000. In our book “Languedoc-Roussillon, The Wines Of Southern France” we have selected almost 100 with profiles and around 150 more which we basically only mention by name. All equally […]

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One jury team at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles

A medal on the label can mean a lot for a wine

A recent Wine Intelligence study shows that consumers’ knowledge of wine decreased between 2015 and 2019. But that does not mean that these consumers do not buy wine. So how do they choose their wines? Maybe they are attracted by a medal sticker on the bottle. Recently, the big wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles […]

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The Atawere Valley in Marlborough, New Zealand

The harvest 2020 in New Zealand is saved and looks very promising, in spite of challenges, and South Africa

In New Zealand, wine producers were in the middle of the harvest when the message came on March 25 about a total lock-down of the country. The relief was great when they were told that the harvest, despite everything, could be continued and completed. “Farming and viticulture have been defined as essential industries, so we […]

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