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Indigena from Pares Balta

Indigena Garnacha 2012, Parés Baltà, Penedès, Catalonia, Spain | Britt’s Wine of the Month

One of our favourites in Penedès is Parés Baltà, an organic and biodynamic estate (certified Demeter), run by the brothers Joan and Josep Cusiné. But the winemakers are their wives, Elena Jiménez and Marta Casas. I fell for this wine, Indigena Garnacha 2012, immediately. It is well built, quite powerful, but balanced and even with […]

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Sunset over an ice covered Riddarfjarden Stadshuset the Town Hall

Brasserie Makalös in Stockholm | restaurant review

If you want French atmosphere in Stockholm, go to Brasserie Makalös, a stone’s throw from Kungsträdgården in the city centre. Here the waiters speaks Swedish with a French accent (you can speak French with them if you prefer) and the menu includes French classics like boeuf bourguignon, onion soup, grilled entrecote, snails with garlic butter, […]

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Biodynamic Wine by Monty Waldin – cover

Biodynamic Wine by Monty Waldin | book review

For those of you who really want to know how a biodynamic wine producer work in the vineyard, and also in the cellar, this book is indispensable. Monty Waldin is a specialist. He believes in biodynamic agriculture and although you, as a reader, may doubt some of the things he write, there is no denying […]

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Domaine Turner Pageot le Blanc

Le Blanc 2013, L’Existence des Choix, Domaine Turner Pageot, Languedoc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Domaine Turner Pageot is a small winery in the village of Gabian. It is run by the very enthusiastic Emmanuel Pageot and his wife Karen Turner, who is also winemaker at the well-known Prieuré Saint-Jean-de-Bébian. At their family estate, Domaine Turner Pageot, they make wines that are far from the streamlined and boring. Their wines […]

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The Finest Wines of Champagne, by Michael Edwards

Champagne by Michael Edwards | book review

“The Finest Wines of Champagne” by Michael Edwards is an excellent introduction to the bubbly wines from northern France. The book focuses primarily on presenting a number of the most famous producers, many of the famous houses are included and some independent growers. The selection is not overwhelmingly original, it’s mostly old classic acquaintances, but […]

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Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva

2013 Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Emiliana, Maipo, Chile | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

I must admit that there have been fewer and fewer wines from the New World on my table in recent years. It has happened to Chilean Cabernets have been dismissed as blackcurrant juice. But this dense, garnet red cabernet sauvignon has balance and a pleasant oak character. It has been aged in both French and […]

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Thirsty Dragon by Suzanne Mustacich

The business of Bordeaux and China | Per on Forbes

A few years back China became Bordeaux’s biggest export market. Over a few years the Chinese market grew from almost nothing to become the market that Bordeaux could not live without. How this happened is the subject of a new book, Thirsty Dragon, China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, […]

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Vigneti La Selvanella Riserva Chianti Classico 2011, Cantina Melini | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A Chianti Classico exactly as it should be. Full-bodied, structured and balanced with fine cherry fruit, soft tannins, long finish and subtle oak notes. This is the wine producer Melini’s top wine. Riserva indicates that the wine has spent some time in oak barrels. The grapes for the wine come from a special vineyard called […]

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