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OIV welcomes Pau Roca, the new general director

OIV, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, welcomed a new director general in January. BKWine was present, as one
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OIV welcomes Pau Roca, the new general director

New rules for additives in organic wine

New rules came into force for vinification of organic wines on January 1st, 2019. Six new additives are allowed. Autolysate
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New rules for additives in organic wine

World wine production reaches record level in 2018, consumption is stable

The brand new numbers for 2018 show a positive picture. Wine production reached a record level in 2018 reaching 293
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World wine production reaches record level in 2018, consumption is stable

Brunello di Montalcino 2014, a selection of the best

2014 is one of the most difficult vintages in memory in Brunello di Montalcino. It was the year when northern
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Brunello di Montalcino 2014, a selection of the best

Good and great from Chablis, from petit to grand cru

"No thanks, not Chardonnay, but yes please, a glass of chablis" The wine producers in Chablis love the Swedes and the
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Good and great from Chablis, from petit to grand cru

Contrasting vintages, 2017, 2016, 2015, from Monteraponi and Montevertine in Tuscany

Monteraponi and Montevertine celebrates with festive elegance Every year, when the two wine estates Montevertine and Monteraponi in Radda in Chianti
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Contrasting vintages, 2017, 2016, 2015, from Monteraponi and Montevertine in Tuscany

Dream Big! Pinot noir from California, selected producers

The California Wine Tasting in March 2019 was a big event with no less than 135 wine producers present. The
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Dream Big! Pinot noir from California, selected producers

Grenache Association promotes a southern virtuoso worthy of more appreciation

The Grenache grape is a champion of the south. It can manage scorching heat, strong winds and drought. Just a
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Grenache Association promotes a southern virtuoso worthy of more appreciation

 

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"Water", a sign in an old-style grape press in Champagne

California wine: from the time of prohibition until now

For 100 years, the magazine Wines and Vines (formerly called California Grape Grower) has written about Californian wine news. To launch a wine magazine in the United States in 1919, just a few months before the prohibition started in January 1920, may not seem as the smartest of ideas. On the other hand, nobody thought […]

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A snifter glass with brandy

XXO, new category of cognac now official

Cognac has a new category: XXO. In 2017 Hennessy launched a prestigious Cognac which they named XXO. But the authorities were not happy about it as this category of Cognac didn’t exist. Thus, the sale of this particular Cognac was suspended. But Hennessy did not give up and with the help of luxury conglomerate LVMH, […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

9 myths and 9 truths about organic, biodynamic, “natural” | New Brief out, #185 | The Wine Newsletter

9 myths and 9 truths about organic, biodynamic, “natural” Organic wine continues to increase, it seems. Commercial success is well established in several countries already. We recently wrote about sales in France that have increased by 17% per year since 2012 and the forecast is that it will continue. Therefore we see more and more […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 185, January 2019

9 myths and 9 truths about organic, biodynamic, “natural” Organic wine continues to increase, it seems. Commercial success is well established in several countries already. We recently wrote about sales in France that have increased by 17% per year since 2012 and the forecast is that it will continue. Therefore we see more and more […]

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Vineyards in Lessona and the Alps

Lessona, a pioneer in Piedmont

Nebbiolo is more than Barolo and Barbaresco! There is much more to discover in Piedmont than just the well-known classics of Barolo and Barbaresco. Today the region is bubbling with a new generation of winemakers, almost like the Far West, and small wine regions that are in the process of rebuilding their wine production. Much, […]

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A barrel that has been treated with sulphur

Tea instead of sulphur to protect the wine

A few years ago, we wrote in the Brief about the South African wine producer KWV who had made a wine called Earth’s Essence without added sulphur. Instead, they had used the rooibos plant, known for its antioxidant properties. Continued research in South Africa has now shown that the South African tea plant honeybush also […]

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A vine leaf attacked by mildiou (downy mildew)

Three white fungus resistant hybrid grape varieties approved in Austria

Four new white grape varieties have just been approved for use in Austrian Qualitätswein (quality wine) Three of these are so-called PIWIs, which is fungal resistant crossings. PIWI is a German abbreviation for Pilzwiderstandsfähig (literally fungus resistant). The fourth grape is Goldmuskateller, a regular Vitis vinifera that also has a good resistance to rot. The […]

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A malbec leaf

How eco-friendly is Bordeaux?

A European wine that is organic is easy to identify. You just look for the green EU leaf. If it does not have the leaf it is not organic. But now there are also more and more “sustainability” labels on the bottles in France. However, “sustainable” is different from “organic”. Organics is mainly about the […]

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Tokaj bottles waiting to mature. 1999, 5 puttonyos Aszu

Nine network, wines on a niner

Leaving a troubled 2018 behind for a better 2019? Anniversary wines to go with it. Leaving behind a troubled 2018, both in vinous terms, with difficult weather, and for the world as a whole, it is time to think about 2019. What wines should you consider if you, or someone you know, have a 9 […]

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Cow horn and herbs used in biodynamic wine making

Alsace is leader in Europe on biodynamics (and organic?)

Alsace is the number one biodynamic wine region in Europe. 880 hectares are certified biodynamic. This means that an impressive 5.6% of all Alsace vineyards are biodynamic, a record in Europe. Around 70 growers are certified either with the international certification association Demeter or the French association Biodyvin. All of these producers are also organically […]

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An old-fashioned clamp keeping the cork in place on a sparkling wine

Champagne Frerejean Frères in Avize, a newly launched challenger

Starting a brand new champagne house is probably not easy. The process to make champagne is very outdrawn, with substantial capital costs, and there’s a fierce competition with high-budget marketing. But the brothers Guillaume, Rodolphe and Richard Frerejean took the challenge. In 2005 they founded the house Champagne Frerejean Frères and they have managed to […]

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Old grenache vine

Old vines in South Africa, rediscovered and rescued

Older vines give more character to the wine, says Rosa Kruger, a well-known South African viticulturist. She is behind a project called South Africa’s Old Vines Project, which aims at finding old vineyards, vineyards that have often been abandoned. The idea with the project is to give a new life to these old vines. A […]

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Mechanical harvester straddling a row of vines

A new machine harvester for small vineyards

When some people think about machine harvesting, they often imagine big monsters that brutalize the vineyard. It is true that harvesting machines are often big machines, but they can be quite gentle to both grapes and vines. And soon there will be on the market a tiny harvesting machine, suitable for the small producer and […]

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Baccarat glasses in a restaurant

Star Wine List recommends restaurants with good wine lists

Star Wine List is a digital guide to wine bars and wine restaurants in different cities. Currently, the guide covers Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala and several other locations in Sweden as well as Oslo, Toronto and London. And more cities are coming soon. Krister Bengtsson is the man behind this excellent tool. Read about great restaurants […]

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