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The right kind of yeast helps to reduce sulphur in wine

A wine’s sulphur content is increasingly scrutinized. Sulphur dioxide is added to the wine as an antioxidant and stabiliser. But...
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The right kind of yeast helps to reduce sulphur in wine

Dry year but good quality in Burgundy

Burgundy winemakers have been fighting the elements this year. Spring frosts, hail, millerandage during flowering and – perhaps most damaging...
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Dry year but good quality in Burgundy

Delicious wines from Handpicked Wines’ range

Handpicked Wines' tasting of their range has for several years been one of the more fun events to end summer...
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Delicious wines from Handpicked Wines’ range

Tasca d´Almeritas Tenuta Tascante in Sicily makes wines with elegance and style on Etna

The historic estate Tasca d 'Almerita's new project at Etna, Tenuta Tascante (read it backwards), is a tribute to finesse...
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Tasca d´Almeritas Tenuta Tascante in Sicily makes wines with elegance and style on Etna

Good quality harvest in Champagne after record-breaking summer

The harvest in Champagne was in full swing when we kicked off our autumn wine tour season with Champagne on...
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Good quality harvest in Champagne after record-breaking summer

Chablis 2017 from La Chablisienne

The people’s choice and the rewards for the patient The glasses are close to each other. Not literally in their...
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Chablis 2017 from La Chablisienne

Moldova’s emerging small, high-quality wine producers

Look beyond the big names and discover the new-wave wineries In recent years a number of small, very quality-minded, wine...
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Moldova’s emerging small, high-quality wine producers

How German wines will conquer Scandinavia, Mundus Vini Nordic

Mundus Vini is one of the world's most influential wine competitions. It has been running for 18 years and every...
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How German wines will conquer Scandinavia, Mundus Vini Nordic

Valtellina – in the shadow of Piedmont, the sun is shining

I ask my friends about Valtellina. Most shake their heads; some say northern Italy but few make the connection to...
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Valtellina – in the shadow of Piedmont, the sun is shining

Award winning wines from central China, medals at the BRWSC 2019

“China started making good wines in 2015,” Lens Moser, from Austria, said when I met him a few days ago...
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Award winning wines from central China, medals at the BRWSC 2019

 

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An old village in Rioja, Spain

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 whites. You can find them in different styles. They can be seriously full-bodied wines with lots of mouthfeel or fresh and floral everyday wines. To put white wine in oak barrels is an old tradition […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 191, July 2019

Aroma wines and structure wines Sometimes a wine has a very small nose, does not smell much. We sometimes say a discreet or shy nose. Is that always bad? There is so much talk about smelling the wine, swirling your glass so that the aromas open up, dipping your nose deep into in the glass. […]

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Vineyard in Bordeaux with grass and grass removed

Corsican wine region bans glyphosate

The discussion about the future of glyphosate continues. It is very contested if glyphosate is dangerous or not at all dangerous (when properly used). In 2022, it will again be on the EU agenda, until then it is allowed. But France (at least the government, but not all farmers) wants to ban glyphosate before that. […]

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Pinot noir almost ripe in Central Otago, New Zealand

Exceptional vintage 2019 in New Zealand

We came to New Zealand in March earlier this year, just when the 2019 harvest was about to begin. We saw lots of fine grape bunches and we had the feeling that it would be a good harvest, a great vintage. And it was. In fact, 2019 is an exceptional vintage, in all regions, from […]

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A glass of rosé in the garden a summer evening

The incredible success of rosé wines

No summer without rosé wines? Well. Anyway, people will drink a lot of rosé wine this summer, worldwide. World rosé consumption increased by 32% between 2002 and 2018. France drinks the most. One-third of all rosé wines made in the world is drunk in France (don’t forget there’s a lot of tourists in France). France […]

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Hail nets in Chablis

Violent hail storm destroys vineyards in Crozes-Hermitage

Hail storms can be violent and the 20-minute storm that affected Crozes-Hermitage and part of Saint Joseph on June 15 was exceptionally violent. Some winegrowers saw their future harvest reduced by at least 50%. The hail storm then continued to Savoie and into Switzerland where the damaged continued. The hailstones were of a size that […]

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Bottles "sur lattes" in a cellar in Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte buys Champagne Henri Abelé

Champagne’s largest cooperative Nicolas Feuillatte is getting even bigger. Feuillatte recently bought the champagne brand Henri Abelé, which, since 1985, has been owned by the huge Spanish cava producer Freixenet. Henri Abelé sells around 300,000 bottles annually. The house has beautiful cellars in Reims. It does not own any vineyards. Instead, it has long-term contracts […]

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Bottles in pupitres in the cellars of Champagne Paul Dethune

Export of Champagne: Great Britain in the lead and Sweden in an honourable tenth place

The number 1 export country for champagne is the United Kingdom which last year imported 26.7 million bottles, followed by the United States with 23.7 million bottles, Japan 13.5M, Germany 12.1M, Belgium 9M, Australia 8.3M, Italy 7.3M, Switzerland 5.7M, and Spain with 4.1 million bottles. Sweden is still number ten in Champagne’s export league. In […]

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Winery and vineyards in Languedoc

Imagine if you would buy a vineyard in France!

It is important to choose carefully if you want to become a vineyard owner in France. If you are not staggeringly rich of course. One hectare of vineyard that is not in an appellation costs a reasonable (?) 14,200 euros. On average, the appellation vineyards cost 147,300 euros per hectare. But here too you can […]

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Harvesting oak bark for cork, Alentejo, Portugal

China wants natural cork, Australia complies

China has become Australia’s largest export market. And the things you do to satisfy your customers! You even put natural cork in the bottles, despite the fact that you are Australian. Amorim, Portugal’s (and the world’s) largest cork manufacturer, tells us that the fastest growing natural cork market in the last 18 months has been […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 190, June 2019

Experimenting with summer wines Do we drink differently in summer? To some extent yes. Especially if it’s a hot summer. Which is not always the case. But if it is hot and you eat outdoors, we think there are two important things to keep in mind: the first is the temperature of the wines and […]

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Moet & Chandon's gigantic winery outside Epernay, Champagne

LVMH rules supreme in Champagne and Cognac

It is generally known that the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) dominates strongly in both Champagne and Cognac but it is still quite surprising when you see the figures. LVMH accounts for 22% of all champagne sales and an astonishing 46% of sales of cognac. In Champagne, LVMH owns Moët & Chandon, Dom […]

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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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