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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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Douro landscape and vineyards a rainy and sunny day

Climate change in the vineyards, is it a problem?

In late October, a conference called Tasting Climate Change was held in Canada. The subject was the impact of climate change on wine growing. An important question asked was: is it justifiable to plant vines where they have to be irrigated? Undoubtedly an interesting question. We asked ourselves approximately the same question when we wrote […]

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Chateau Cloche Tokaji Barrique Cuvée 2011

There is a Tokaji to suit every taste

Could it be that Tokaji is more than “just” sweet botrytis with points (puttonyos)? After a tasting of a number of Chateau Cloche’s products, I can say that the answer to that question is YES! BKWine Magazine’s reporter Henrik Stadler reports from an exciting Hungarian tasting. Chateau Cloche is located in the town of Szerencs […]

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Vine burned by the frost in Languedoc

French wine producers’ main concerns 2018

On February 8, BIVB, Interprofession des Vins de Burgundy (BIVB), will host its annual conference, Vinosphère, to discuss the future of Burgundy. The things that will be discussed are probably high on the agenda for many other French wine regions as well. Loi Evin. This is the law that regulates what you can say and […]

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Barrel ageing cellar, Domaine Parent, Pommard

Wine Trends 2018: surprises, alcohol, ethics

At this time of year, it is popular to try to figure out new trends for the coming year. It’s hard, but on the other hand, you can almost say anything because who can say you’re wrong? Jean-Philippe Perrouty from Wine Intelligence recently spoke to a group of wine producers in the Loire Valley. He […]

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A barrel cellar tunnel at Bodegas Roda in Rioja

Viti-tunnel may reduce need for spraying

Ten Bordeaux chateaux will in 2018 and 2019 try out a new way to reduce the spraying in the vineyard. They will protect their vines against rain by installing in their vineyard a Viti-tunnel. This is a new invention. The tunnel is a transparent rain cover for the vines that automatically folds out when it […]

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Forest fire damage in Stellenbosch, South Africa

South Africa’s harvest hit by the drought

There is a severe water shortage at the moment in South Africa’s wine regions. The harvest 2018 will probably be the smallest in ten years. The South Africans begin picking their grapes in February. The irrigation dams in Western Cape, where most of the wine regions are located, are just 30 % full compared to […]

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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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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 172, December 2017

Safe bets or daring chances? A question that is certainly important when choosing wines for New Year! But first, let’s start with … some publicity, now as a new year begins, to make a good start of 2018: Wine tours So, if you are not at all interested in wine tours (who could not be?) […]

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The Ackerman cellars for sparkling wine in Saumur

New strategy for Ackerman, one of the biggest producers in the Loire | Britt on Forbes

The Loire Valley is short on “locomotives”, producers with an international reputation for quality. There are many, many top-quality small producers and also a few big houses and co-operatives, but none with a significant international reputation. Perhaps Ackerman is on the way to turning up the steam to pull Loire Valley wines forward. Ackerman has […]

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Live oysters can be found all over Paris around Christmas and New Year

French food for Christmas and New Year | Per on Forbes

Many countries have special food traditions for Christmas. In Sweden, as an example, you have the “julbord”, with a specially prepared ham, special herring, special cabbage, and many other things. In France, curiously, they don’t really have much special food for Christmas and New Year. Instead they just eat more and better of what one […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon more and more popular in Washington

No, this is not about preferences in the White House. We are talking about wine production in Washington State, north of California and Oregon. Cabernet Sauvignon has grown significantly, from 560 hectares in the early 1990s to today’s 7,500 hectares. Washington was originally known for its white wines with fine acidity and crispness made from […]

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Chardonnay

IGP Pays d’Oc celebrates 30 year anniversary

A success story in the Languedoc celebrates 30 years. Robert Skalli and Jacques Gravegeal created IGP Pays d’Oc in 1987. At the time it was called Vin de Pays d’Oc. It became the most successful of all the “vin de pays” wines (that have changed name to IGP). But the success was not obvious from […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

Phenomenal 2017 vintage in California

We have received a harvest report from California that says that 2017 will be a very good vintage. The fires in October have not affected the quality of the wines. Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino were worst affected by the fires. These three regions grow only 12% of California grapes and 85-90% of the grapes […]

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Pinot Noir in a grand cru vineyard in Corton

New appellations in Burgundy: Vézelay and Côte d’Or

Burgundy has a new village appellation. Bourgogne Vézelay has been upgraded to AOP Vézelay. The new village appellation has 70 hectares planted with chardonnay, the only grape permitted. Vézelay is located 50 kilometres south of Chablis and is more famous for its beautiful basilica than its wine. Burgundy has also a new regional appellation: Bourgogne […]

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A tractor for treatments in a vineyard in Champagne

Foreign harvest workers dominate in Champagne

Where do all the harvest workers come from? This is a question we are often asked on our wine tours. Even though harvesting machines are being used more and more, still perhaps 40% of all grapes are still harvested by hand (the exact number is hard to know). And in Champagne it’s 100%. It is […]

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