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The right kind of yeast helps to reduce sulphur in wine

A wine’s sulphur content is increasingly scrutinized. Sulphur dioxide is added to the wine as an antioxidant and stabiliser. But its use has diminished, rather drastically I think, in recent decades, in part thanks to better winemaking technology and knowledge. Sometimes you see “no added sulphur” on a label. But you rarely see a wine […]

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Vineyards on the Corton hill, Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy

Dry year but good quality in Burgundy

Burgundy winemakers have been fighting the elements this year. Spring frosts, hail, millerandage during flowering and – perhaps most damaging – lack of water. But when the harvest started on August 31 for the crémant wines, the spirits were high. In prestigious Côte d’Or, picking started around 13 September and continued for 10 days in […]

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Alberto Tasca d'Almerita, Tenuta Tascante

Tasca d´Almeritas Tenuta Tascante in Sicily makes wines with elegance and style on Etna

The historic estate Tasca d ‘Almerita’s new project at Etna, Tenuta Tascante (read it backwards), is a tribute to finesse and elegance. This new project is on the slopes of Etna. Come with us and discover one of Sicily’s most active wine producers and their new project on the Sicilian volcano. “The challenge is to […]

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Grapes dried on the vine due to heat, Champagne

Good quality harvest in Champagne after record-breaking summer

The harvest in Champagne was in full swing when we kicked off our autumn wine tour season with Champagne on September 11. And we mostly saw happy faces. Alexandre Penet at Champagne Penet-Chardonnet in Verzy looked very pleased when he talked about his healthy-looking grapes. Charles Philipponnat at the eponymous small prestige house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 193, September 2019

Stop harping on about “good” years and “bad” years! The harvest is in full swing. And so, inevitably, the discussion whether or not it will be a good year. But what is a good year? Good for whom? Traditionally, a good or great year means that the wines have ageing potential. But everyone does not […]

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One of the oldest wine cellars in Marlborough, at Auntsfield, New Zealand

New Zealand celebrating 200 years as a wine nation

Congratulations! On September 25, 2019 it is 200 years since the first vine was planted in New Zealand. An anniversary well worthy of a celebration, don’t you think? It was the Reverend Samuel Marsden, Chaplain to New South Wales, Australia, who on this day in 1819 planted vines in Stone Store in Kerikeri in the […]

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Merlot just in from harvest, Medoc, Bordeaux

100 hectares of Swedish vineyards

The fact that you make wine in Sweden often surprises foreigners. This is understandable. It is not an obvious wine country. David Morrison, in his blog The Wine Gourd, has taken a closer look at the wine “industry” in Sweden. David is originally from Australia but lives in Sweden. He’s made a good summary of […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 192, August 2019

The new “no sulphur” trend There is a new trend, still in its infancy. But it will – most likely – increase. You see it in France and probably in other wine countries as well. It is the “no sulphur” trend. Or to be more precise the “no added sulphur” trend. You might be thinking […]

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The traditional style restaurant at Asconi Winery in Moldova

Wine in Moldova: Château Vartely and Asconi Winery, two strong newcomers after independence

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Moldova gained independence. In 1991 the Republic of Moldova was founded. Since then, many new wineries have emerged. Two of the bigger ones of particular interest are Château Vartely and Asconi. Read our articles on Moldovan wines here. Château Vartely Château Vartely is one of the leaders in […]

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Chat Fou 2016, Côtes du Rhône, vin artisanal et naturel

(New?) rules for natural wines?

Natural wine is here to stay. And although the EU has said that there will be no official rules for this category, it does not prevent private groups from setting up their own. As, for example, Vinnatur in Italy (www.vinnatur.org) has done. Now Sébastien David, winemaker in Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil in the Loire Valley, is trying to […]

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"Languedoc-Roussillon, södra Frankrikes viner", av Britt Karlsson, Bengt Rydén, Per Karlsson

“Few books have made me long for southern France like this one” – about our new Languedoc-Roussillon book

It makes you happy when you read such things. “Few books have made me long for southern France like this one.” This is what Dag Sandahl writes in his review of “Languedoc-Roussillon, the wines of southern France”. Dag continues in his review “there are good reasons to read it and be fascinated by their knowledge […]

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Fredholms Vin Elsa, Spanish wine award

Fredholms Vineyard receives medals again

We congratulate Fredholms Vingård! It is not often we have the opportunity to write about a Swedish wine winning medals internationally… This small winery in the south of Sweden has once again obtained medals in an international wine competition. Elsa, a white wine made from the grape solaris, received a gold medal and the red […]

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Bertrand Gautherot at Champagne Vouette et Sorbee explaining

“Bad boys of Champagne”, and brilliant champagnes at Vouette et Sorbée

A vineyard visit in Champagne “Down here in Aube, we used to be called ‘the bad boys of Champagne’” says Bertrand Gautherot, winemaker and owner of Vouette & Sorbée. “But not anymore,” he adds, smiling broadly. Actually, there is no time for either tasting or visits, work in the vineyards must be prioritized, said Bertrand […]

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