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An excursion among the Riesling wines 2018 from the Mosel

Secateur or spraying plane? Early morning in July 2019. A pre-arranged schedule involves alarm clock and strong coffee to have...
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An excursion among the Riesling wines 2018 from the Mosel

South African wines are changing thanks to these five brilliant winemakers (and others) | Britt on Forbes

Now is really the time to take a look at the South African wine scene. If you are mostly familiar...
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South African wines are changing thanks to these five brilliant winemakers (and others) | Britt on Forbes

Fredholms Vineyard receives medals again

We congratulate Fredholms Vingård! It is not often we have the opportunity to write about a Swedish wine winning medals...
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Fredholms Vineyard receives medals again

“Bad boys of Champagne”, and brilliant champagnes at Vouette et Sorbée

A vineyard visit in Champagne “Down here in Aube, we used to be called ‘the bad boys of Champagne’” says...
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“Bad boys of Champagne”, and brilliant champagnes at Vouette et Sorbée

Does the shape of the fermentation tank really matter?

We’ve all seen them. (Or perhaps not.) The egg-shaped tanks in concrete or in terracotta. A few years ago, they...
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Does the shape of the fermentation tank really matter?

Pictures from the new book about Languedoc-Roussillon

It is difficult to convey a sense of what it is like to travel in a wine district. It is...
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Pictures from the new book about Languedoc-Roussillon

Moldovan wine classics in modern versions: Chateau Purcari and Castel Mimi

Moldova, the small wine country squeezed in between Rumania and Ukraine, are making big efforts to make their wines more...
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Moldovan wine classics in modern versions: Chateau Purcari and Castel Mimi

Wines from Château d’Arlay in the Jura become beautiful music in the glasses, with good reason

The lord of the chateau who plays music for his wines A chateau in the Jura? Can there really be...
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Wines from Château d’Arlay in the Jura become beautiful music in the glasses, with good reason

Where is turruntés grown? In Rioja of course!

Yes, turruntés, not torrontes. Rioja is best known for its red wines. But that is no reason to ignore the...
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Where is turruntés grown? In Rioja of course!

Aroma wines and structure wines | New Brief out, #191 | The Wine & Wine Travel Newsletter

Aroma wines and structure wines Sometimes a wine has a very small nose, does not smell much. We sometimes say...
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Aroma wines and structure wines | New Brief out, #191 | The Wine & Wine Travel Newsletter

 

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"Languedoc-Roussillon, södra Frankrikes viner", av Britt Karlsson, Bengt Rydén, Per Karlsson

Here’s the new book “Languedoc-Roussillon, the Wines of Southern France”, summer reading!

Languedoc-Roussillon, the Wines of Southern France is our latest book. Our tenth book. It is about one of the “hottest” and most dynamic wine regions in France. It is the first book in Swedish that talks of both of these districts, the Languedoc, which is the northern part, and Roussillon, which borders Spain. Languedoc-Roussillon is […]

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André Lurton, Bordeaux

A legend in Bordeaux dies

André Lurton died on May 16. He was 94 years old and a legend already during his lifetime. He was born at Château Bonnet where he lived throughout his life. André was one of those who in the 1970s began to change the white, dry Bordeaux wines. His fresh and aromatic Château Bonnet had great […]

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Asa Johansson and Sara Nässén on Scandinavian wines

Scandinavian wines come to Piedmont

Italian wines are since long loved by Scandinavians. But on Monday the 27th of May the roles were changed when Scandinavian wines were presented in Piedmont during a seminar held for the Master in Wine students at UNISG in Pollenzo. The presentation gave an overview of the long and sometimes complicated history of alcohol in […]

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Bottles in the cellar of Champagne J Lassalle

Champagne J. Lassalle: Special champagnes from a pioneering grower run by three generations women | Britt on Forbes

Club Trésor du Champagne is an association of independent growers in Champagne that has gained a reputation for high quality champagne. The Special Club champagnes, made by each member at vintage years and bottled in a specific bottle, are now very sought after by champagne lovers all over the world. If you are curious about […]

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Vineyard landscape in the Languedoc

Languedoc in great need of irrigation

The department of Hérault accounts for a large part of Languedoc’s wine production. A wine production that may be in danger if they do not increase the irrigation area, they worry. At present, almost 35,000 hectares of the vineyards here are irrigated (of a total of just over 90,000 hectares). A project is now underway […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

Has organic lost momentum? What counts now is sustainable? | New Brief out, #189 | The Wine Newsletter

Has organic lost momentum? What counts now is sustainable? The trend towards organic wine has lost momentum. More and more producers choose to be “almost organic” in order to be able to use non-organic pesticides in difficult years. Today, the producers rather focus on being sustainable than on being organic. Organic is a bit “outdated”. […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 189, May 2019

Has organic lost momentum? What counts now is sustainable? The trend towards organic wine has lost momentum. More and more producers choose to be “almost organic” in order to be able to use non-organic pesticides in difficult years. Today, the producers rather focus on being sustainable than on being organic. Organic is a bit “outdated”. […]

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Bellavista sparkling wines, Franciacorta

Bellavista, an exciting bubble wine from the Italian quality region of Franciacorta

Each wine region has its own character. The same thing goes for sparkling wines. Franciacorta is considered by many to be one of the best bubbly wines from Italy. The grape composition in Franciacorta means that it is often compared to champagne, not seldom to Franciacorta’s advantage. One of the many exciting producers there is […]

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A sign for a restaurant in Tuscany

Ruffino invests in the environment, launches an organic range of wines

In recent years, Ruffino has invested heavily in extensive environmental work that includes both the production process and new organically grown vineyards. As part of this, they are now launching a number of organically certified wines. Ruffino Prosecco Treviso and Ruffino Pinot Grigio delle Venezie are currently available on the Swedish market. In mid-June, Ruffino […]

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A stainless steel tank with organic wine

Bottling time for 2018, a fantastic vintage in Champagne

Many wine producers in France are happy with the vintage 2018, a record harvest, not least in Champagne, where many now have started the bottling. Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy at Champagne Geoffroy in Aÿ says that it is a fantastic year, both in volume and quality. Sébastien Mouzon at Champagne Mouzon Leroux in Verzy is also very […]

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Chateau Grillet, Rhone Valley

Yes please, more white wines in the Rhone Valley

The demand for white wines is increasing. Not least in the Rhone Valley, a region most known for its red wine. But it is a region that also produces magnificent whites with grapes like roussanne, marsanne, viognier, clairette, bourboulenc and grenache blanc. Today, about 80% of the production is red and only 6% is white. […]

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Grapes in a vineyard in Veneto ready for harvest

Resistant grape varieties spark debate

The vine is in many ways a robust plant that can withstand difficult conditions and drought. But it has weaknesses. One is that it is prone to fungal diseases. No vineyard can survive without spraying. Have you heard the opposite? Don’t believe those who tell you that some wine is made without the use of […]

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Frost bitten vines in springtime

Can a tarpaulin over the vines protect against frost?

The spring frost has struck again in several places in France. Warm spring weather led to an early budding but then the weather changed again, as it usually does. In the Loire Valley, they are now experimenting with a new way of protecting their vines from spring frost, which can potentially cause major damage. The […]

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Drip irrigation in a vineyard in Chile

How best to irrigate a vineyard

If drought is a recurring feature of the weather, then the wine growers become experts in handling it. This is the case, for example, in South Africa. Here they have learned how to optimize irrigation so that the vines get exactly what they need and not one drop more. Heinrich Schloms is a soil scientist […]

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Just harvested Sauvignon Blanc

International Sauvignon Blanc Day On May 3

Many grapes have their own specific day. So, we were not surprised when we heard that this is also the case with Sauvignon Blanc. The International Sauvignon Blanc Day takes place on the first Friday of May, which this year is May 3. Celebrations starts in New Zealand, of course, and then continues in London, […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 188, April 2019

The unpredictable weather and the importance of water The weather is unpredictable and even more so right now it seems. Admittedly, it is said that farmers (and wine growers are just that) always complain about the weather. But I am beginning to think that they have every right to it. Long periods of drought, abnormal […]

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Bottles in pupitres in the cellars of Champagne Paul Dethune

Delicious growers and small-house champagnes from a specialist importer

“The promotional mailing you do not want to miss”, producer visits from Champagne. There are around 3000 small champagne producers, growers and similar, but only about 300 so-called “houses”. The “houses” are the big, well-known brands but it is mainly among the others, the small producers that you today find the most exciting champagnes. BKWine […]

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A vine suffering from Phylloxera vastatrix

Phylloxera strikes in Australia

When we talk about countries with non-grafted vines, most people think of Chile, the only country in the world that is completely free from phylloxera, the small wine louse that infects the wine roots and kills the vines. But also in Australia a significant proportion of the vineyards are planted with non-grafted vines. However, the […]

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Pau Roca, director general, OIV

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 of two invited media, at his inauguration and we took the chance to say hello to the new general. Pau Roca is Spanish and has been representing Spain at the OIV since 1992. He was, […]

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Champagne bottles that are organic, "bio"

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 of yeast: Nourishes the yeast during the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Inactivated yeast: Nourishes the yeast during alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Potato protein: Vegetable protein used as a fining agent. Provides a faster and often […]

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