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Presenting Petra wines, a new era

Petra, revival in the Tuscan winery

The Petra winery in Val di Cornia along the Tuscan coast is making a fresh start. Today, they focus more on elegance than power.  Petra presented their new wines at the end of March in Milan. BKWine Magazine´s Åsa Johansson attended the tasting. “We aim for brighter, fresher wines that better reflect our terroir,” says […]

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Kuenstler Riesling, Hochheimer Herrnberg, Hochheimer Stielweg

Weingut Künstler, an artist in the Rheingau

“The artist” himself, Gunter Künstler, is CEO of the company since 1992. He presented in a very humble manner six rieslings from different years and places and two spätburgunders (pinot noir). Gunter told me that there are documents showing that spätburgunder has existed in the Rheingau since the 12th century. However, Weingut Künstler’s history in […]

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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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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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Penfolds RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

The Penfolds Collection 2017, seven wines from Australia

The Australian wine producer Penfolds has since 3 years launched the “wines of the year”, the year’s new launches, at one and the same time, coordinated all over the world. This year, 2017, this happened on Thursday, October 19th. When Penfolds’ representatives presented a number of this year’s wines in Stockholm, BKWine’s reporter Wilhelm Arnör […]

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Mountain view and vineyards in the Piedmont

Three Piedmont wines from Ferdinando Principiano

On October 26 Caviste launches three wines from Ferdinando Principiano on the Swedish market. The wines can certainly be interesting for wine drinkers also in other countries. It is question of three different grape varieties: dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Ferdinando Principiano tries to work as naturally as possible but is not so interested in certifications. […]

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Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

Tasting two Graham Beck sparkling wines from South Africa

A key figure behind establishing South Africa’s Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) sparkling wine is Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellar master at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. Champagne-trained, South African inspired, Ferreira favors an elegant, crisp ‘house style’ that compliments the region’s diverse cuisine. Read the interview with Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck here on BKWine Magazine. […]

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Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

A bubbly ride in South Africa – meet Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck

South Africa’s magnificent sparkling wine, Methode Cap Classique If Champagne has a sibling, it may be méthode cap classique. Specific to South Africa, cap classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle. And if South Africa’s méthode cap classique sparkling wine has a ‘godfather’, it’s Pieter […]

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Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum

South Africa’s “hottest” cool region: with Crystallum’s winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson

It’s quite possible to make exciting, interesting and characterful wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in South Africa! Everything depends on the temperature – and the winemaker of course (as well as a whole lot else). During a visit to Paul Cluver last spring I noticed an interesting map of temperature differences between the various […]

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Lauren Ackerman at the Ackerman Winery

The Ackerman winery in Napa, a success story

Lauren Ackerman attributes some of the success of Ackerman Family Vineyards in Napa on a Bill Harlan quote. When asked why he bought cult winery Screaming Eagle at a time when most people considered retiring, he answered, ”If I don’t do this now, when will I?” Ackerman, an equestrian-turned-vineyard owner, wine maker, and civic leader, […]

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The Walls bottles

Tasting the wines from The Walls, Walla Walla, Washington

This is a follow-up with tasting notes to accompany the article previously published on The Walls winery: Meeting Ali Mayfield at Walls Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington. The Walls Martin’s Gold Chardonnay 2015 Alcohol:  13.3 % Suggested Retail: $36 Specs:  “Originally brought to America by Paul Masson, Martin Ray planted French Chardonnay in the Santa […]

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Arinzano winery

Arinzano, a rising star in northern Spain

“Singular terroir, estate character, noble pedigree” Sometimes a winery doesn’t just surprise you – it knocks you on your palate. I discovered such a winery by happy accident while tasting wines from another country, Achaval-Ferrer of Argentina. Those wines lassoed me with their verve, and vibrancy. Turns out the same team, part of the Stoli […]

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