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“Wine of the Month” is a wine that we found particularly memorable or especially interesting to give a mention. It does not have to be a very “fine” wine, exclusive or unusual, rather it is simply something that deserves to be mentioned and appreciated. A short notice of 100-15 words.

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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La Cendrillon Nuance

Nuance 2015, La Cendrillon, Vin de France | Britt’s Wine of the Month

A delicious white wine with excellent freshness. Full-bodied, some “fat” and with a lot of fresh fruit. The grape blend is unusual: petit manseng, albariño, verdejo, grenache blanc and grenache gris. And these unusual grapes are of course the reason why this wine is a Vin de France. Domaine de la Cendrillon (cendrillon = Cinderella) […]

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Riesling, Kastelberg grand cru, Andlau, Alsace

Domaine de la Vieille Forge Riesling Grand Cru Sporen Alsace 2013 | Henrik’s Wine of the Month

Why a riesling? A riesling is a riesling is a riesling. No, no, no! This wine is simply delicious and is a perfect paring served with for example a white fish or seafood like some nice prawns. The wine has a very attractive bouquet with complexity and citrus, some mint and classic riesling petroleum. On […]

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Fernand Vaquer 1988 from Domaine Vaquer, Roussillon

Fernand Vaquer 1988, Domaine Vaquer, Vin de Pays Catalan, Roussillon | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Fantastic wine. Delicious, very elegant but still quite full-bodied. Age has given it a silky texture and some aromas of leather and dried fruit. It has aged very well. The grapes are 80% Carignan and 20% Grenache. Which shows, if somebody still doubts it, that wines from Carignan can be amazing wines to age. The […]

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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2011 | Åsa’s wine of the month

Autumn sneaks up on us. We light a fire to keep warm. Stews simmer in the kitchen. This is a good time to pop the cork in a Brunello di Montalcino. Like for instance the one from Tenute Silvio Nardi. 2011 does not have the same cult status as 2010 but it still shows excellently […]

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010, Product of England | Britt’s Wine of the Month

It’s always fun to find wines that challenge more established wine regions. Like for example Champagne. I tried this English sparkling wine blind at my sister’s and brother in law’s house. Obviously they wanted to set me up. And so they did. My thoughts went directly to Champagne, although I also considered whether it could […]

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Chateau de Gaudou, Cahors

Chateau de Gaudou 2012 Renaissance, Cahors | Britt’s Wine of the Month 2

The winemaker Fabrice Durou took over the family estate in 2000. The family’s Cahors wines were then known as powerful wines for laying in you cellar. Wines that you should rather not touch the first years of their life. But Fabrice realized that today’s consumers do not want to wait 10-15 years for their wines. […]

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Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2013, Stellenbosch | Britt’s Wine of the Month 1

South Africa has a number of exciting and delicious wines. We go there once a year and we have our favourite wine estates that we return to every year. But we always make new discoveries as well. One discovery from this year’s trip in February was the Oldenburg Vineyards. The visit was very memorable. This […]

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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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Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone White, South African favourite | Britt’s wine of the month

One of our favourites in South Africa is Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, a winery that we always have on the itinerary for our SA wine tours. Their Foundation Stone White is made primarily from Chenin Blanc which gives it an interesting complexity, body, ripe fruit with a touch of honey (and it has just managed […]

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Chateau Carsin L'Etiquette Grise

Château Carsin, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux | Britt’s Wines of the Month

Britt’s Wines of the Month come from (another) one of our favourite chateaux in Bordeaux, Chateau Carsin in Rions in Entre-deux-Mers. The chateau is owned since the 1990s by Juha Berglund from Finland. He now runs it with the help of his daughter Nea who is the winemaker. The chateau is located in the appellation […]

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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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Clotilde Davenne Brut Extra Crémant de Bourgogne | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

A glass of sparkling wine is perfect when you want to celebrate or just as a nice start of dinner. Clotilde Davenne’s Crémant de Bourgogne Brut is bone-dry and certainly makes you salivate with its high acidity. But it also has so much fruit that it has an excellent balance. The blend of Pinot Noir […]

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La Frosca from Azienda Agricola Gini

La Froscà Soave, Gini 2013 | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

Make the summer stay a bit longer with a golden yellow glass of soave classico, La Froscà Soave, Gini 2013! The wine has a nose reminiscent of yellow plums, white flowers, peach and almonds. The taste is round, almost fat, filled with yellow fruit, hints of mineral and a touch of barrel. There is enough […]

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The vineyards at Champagne Heucq

Champagne Heucq Cuvée Antique 2005 | Britt’s Wine of the Month

As soon as you put your nose in the glass you realize that this is not just any Champagne. The nose is delightfully complex. There are hints of toasted bread and ripe apples. The flavour is rich, deep and dense with ripe fruit and a certain softness. But the acidity and the freshness are there […]

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Little Venice in Colmar

2013 Hugel Gentil | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

Hugel Gentil is a workhorse of wine from Alsace, a wine with a summery tone. The designation Gentil means that it is made from a blend of the Alsatian green grapes. In this case, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Muscat. The colour is so bright yellow that one could easily believe that it lacks […]

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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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Earth’s Essence KWV | Mikael’s Wine of the Month

A while back BKWine Magazine published a text on the wine from South Africa where they refrained from using sulphur and instead used rooibos, a South African wood species. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Mikael Karlin became curious and decided to try the wine. I was curious about the wine “Earth’s Essence”, which consists of 100% Pinotage […]

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Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux

Crémant de Limoux, Domaine J. Laurens | Britt’s WineS of the Month

Limoux is a small wine region in Languedoc, just south of the famous city of Carcassonne. It’s a little cooler here than in the rest of the Languedoc and the focus is on the white and sparkling wines. Domaine J. Laurens is totally concentrated on sparkling and I was very impressed with their Crémant de […]

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Maius Barranc de la Bruixa Priorat

Maius M Barranc de la Bruixa 2011, Priorat | Per’s Wine of the Month

There has been ups and downs for the Priorat wine region. It soared to international fame some fifteen years ago with a few producers almost achieving cult status. And cult prices. Then suddenly one heard less of them. Today many new producers have started and the style has developed to focus more on fruit and […]

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Alessandro Veglio Barbera d´Alba 2011 | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

The Barbera grape gives wines with high acidity and soft tannins. This wine from the Piedmont has a dense deep red colour and is a very good illustration. The nose has plenty of dark fruit, some autumn leaves and spices. On the palate I find blue-berries and other dark berries. It is quite full-bodied with […]

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The winery and vineyards at Rubinelli Vajol in Valpolicella

Valpolicella Classico Doc Rubinelli Vajol | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

“Alread?” my husband asks and looks bewildered at the empty bottle. That’s how you feel when you open a really classic bottle of Valpolicella. Like this one from a producer called Rubinelli Vajol. Lots of fruit and cherries on the nose. Good acidity low in alcohol, only just over 12%. Very nice indeed. You empty […]

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Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Champagne Fleury is one of the organic and biodynamic pioneers in Champagne. The family Fleury is found in the southernmost part of Champagne, in the Côte de Bar, famous for its high quality Pinot Noir grapes. This blanc de noirs is made only from these Pinot Noir grapes. It is dry champagne that has a […]

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A glass of sparkling wine

2012 Stefan Winter Riesling Brut | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

This Deutscher Sekt from Pfalz (Palatinate) is made with the traditional method with the second fermentation in bottle. It was recently launched on the Swedish market and is probably available elsewhere too. A fresh and fruity nose with some flowers. On the palate there is peach and citrus fruit. A long, lingering flavour. Even if […]

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Barolo vineyards and a hilltop village

Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto, Barolo Bricco Boschis | Åsa’s wine of the Month

“This wine is one of my favourites”, said the professor at Slow Food’s oeno-gastronomic university in Piedmont (*) and pulled out a bottle that said Cavallotto on the label. We had just sat down at the table for lunch in the university’s own restaurant, il ristorante l´Agenzia. I had ordered the only vegetarian course on […]

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Domaine Weinbach Sainte Catherine Riesling

Cuvée Sainte Catherine 1994, Domaine Weinbach, Riesling Schlossberg | Britt’s Wine of the Month

When you have a really good Riesling in your glass there is nothing else to wish for. And a much better Riesling than this Cuvée Sainte Catherine 1994 from Domaine Weinbach could hardly be found. A good Riesling has an extreme ageing ability and here it was really worth it to be patient and wait. […]

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Bonavita Faro DOC

Faro DOC 2010, Azienda Agricola Bonavita | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

“I’m glad you like it,” said Giovanni Scarfone from Azienda Agrigola Bonavita. Giovanni has six hectares of Nerello mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera in the tiny appellation Faro DOC in Sicily. In total, the appellation has fifteen producers. [pullquote position=”right”]Giovanni Scarfone’s vineyard is beautifully situated at the Strait of Messina, with a view over Stromboli[/pullquote]. […]

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Fleur du Rhone 2012, Valais / Wallis | Birgitta’s wine of the month

The grape variety Heida (also called paien) is the basis for this Swiss wine to 100%. You can find it in most grocery shops in the Basel region. It is an unusual grape variety in Switzerland where it is grown at altitudes up to 1150 metres. It originates from the French Jura region where it […]

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Pernand Vergelesses 2012 Premier Cru Iles des Vergelesses, Domaine Luc et Lise Pavelot | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Pernand-Vergelesses has long been one of my favourite villages in the Côte d’Or. From many producers here I find that wonderful pinot fruit and elegance that I look for in a red burgundy. And in this wine from the excellent Domaine Pavelot, which is run by Luc and Lise Pavelot, I find just that. It […]

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Chateau Valcombe Epicure Blanc

Château Valcombe, Ventoux | Britt’s Wine of the Month

My wine of the month is this month two wines, a red and a white from the same producer, Château Valcombe in beautiful appellation of Ventoux. The château is just at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, almost 2000 meters high. This is Provence at its very best: pine trees, fields […]

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