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Articles on wine regions and wine countries across the world. Many of the worlds wine regions are a joy to visit. If you cannot go there in person, in this category you will find many inspiring texts.

Grenache, rusty sign

Meet the wine producers in Garnacha de Gredos!

Despite being 60-90 minutes by car or rail from Madrid, compared to most of Spain’s known quality wine regions the ‘Garnacha de Gredos’ area remains unknown to the US wine pro. Its establishment as a modern wine-producing region dating only to the 1990s, the recent economic difficulties beginning in 2008 which crippled nascent efforts, the […]

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Sandy soil in a vineyard in Castile and Leon in Spain

Garnachas de Gredos, a wine region not far from Madrid

Gredos. It’s not a misspelling of ‘credos’ or clever mispronunciation of ’Speedos’, rather a breathtakingly scenic mountainous area 1.5 hours drive west of Madrid called Sierra de Gredos. This recently emerged trend is based on old vine Garnacha and the local white Albillo Real fashioned, mostly by a younger crowd taking over from pensioners, often […]

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Graves

Top wines from Bordeaux, primeurs and aged

The annual primeur tasting of Bordeaux in Stockholm took place earlier this fall . For the sixth year running Winefinder, a wine merchant, organised the tasting and I had the opportunity to sit down with their (then) CEO Ole Nielsen for an interview. The interview will be published here soon. But first it’s time for […]

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Pinot noir plants in a nursery

Oregon: a wide range of pinot noir wines (3/3)

Part three of three articles on wines from Oregon. Read part one here, pinot noir wines that challenge Burgundy?, and part two here, four wines that illustrate the style. After these preludes it was time for the exhibition hall and it felt appropriate to begin by tasting other wines from producers previously mentioned (see previous […]

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Vineyard landscape with fog

Saint Helena, Napa Valley’s Holy Grail

No other wine region on the planet draws as much attention or visitors as Napa Valley. It is visited by some five million people every year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in California (Disneyland is number 1). Perfect for a day or weekend trip from San Francisco, Napa Valley awards one with […]

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Gewurztraminer grapes in the vineyard

Favourites and trends in Alsace

Something new happening in Alsace? Yes, is my answer to that question after my visit to the annual wine fair in Stockholm arranged by Vins d’Alsace in cooperation with Sopexa. 28 exhibitors / producers, both old and new for Sweden, left many impressions which I would summarize in: Very varied wine styles Broadening of the […]

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Deposit in a champagne bottle after the second fermentation

Basic facts and figures on Champagne

Champagne is an easy two hour’s car drive east of Paris. Or you can take the fast TGV train that in just 40 minutes takes you straight into the centre of Reims, the capital of Champagne. To give you some conversation ammunition for the festive season, here are some basic facts and figures about this […]

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The biggest wine producers in Argentina

Wine is an extremely fragmented industry. I know of few, if any, markets that are equally fragmented. Beer, for instance is far more dominated by a few big companies. But even if that is the case, the wine market is much more concentrated, with bigger players, than what the average consumer thinks. Most people imagine […]

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Bottles of cava waiting to be disgorged, Catalonia

A tour of Spain in 18 selected wines

No other country in the world has a greater area under vines than Spain. It is truly a country where the wine is produced in every corner. Thus, there are many different types of wine and many different styles. Fortunately, there is an excellent chance to learn more about Spanish wine, the annual Spanish wine […]

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Tasting a few wines of various vintages at the chateau

Bordeaux: Médoc and Graves, an introduction

Médoc is the perfect location for viticulture with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gironde bay on the other. The vineyards are located along the Gironde and the pine forest along the Atlantic coast protects vineyards from rain and sea breezes. In total Médoc consists of 11 000 hectares, ie about one tenth […]

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