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Fredholms Vingård (Winery) in Scania wins a Great Gold Medal in Rioja

The Swedish vineyard Fredholms Vingård has won a medal in a wine competition in Rioja, the International Wine Awards Spain
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Fredholms Vingård (Winery) in Scania wins a Great Gold Medal in Rioja

The most popular grape varieties in Italy – the country of many grapes

Few wine countries, if any, can compete with Italy in terms of the number of grapes used for wines. The
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The most popular grape varieties in Italy – the country of many grapes

Finally, it rains in South Africa

It’s winter in South Africa and it’s raining, at last. A relief, but more rain is needed, says DP Burger,
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Finally, it rains in South Africa

Hail nets are now permitted in France

Wine producers in France are now allowed to use vertical hail nets. After three years of experiments in Burgundy, the
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Hail nets are now permitted in France

Vineyard prices in France on the rise

Buying a vineyard in France is not getting any cheaper. On the contrary. All categories of vineyards are becoming more
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Vineyard prices in France on the rise

A quick 101 on making gin-and-tonic

I imagine hardly anyone needs an instruction on how to make a Gin-and-Tonic, or G-and-T. Could it be the world's
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A quick 101 on making gin-and-tonic

Popular bubbles from the Loire Valley

The various sparkling crémant wines produced around France are becoming more and more popular. Not least the Crémant de Loire,
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Popular bubbles from the Loire Valley

No, organic-biodynamic-natural is not like “in the old days” | New Brief out, #179 | The Wine Newsletter

No, organic-biodynamic-natural is not at all like “in the old days” We often hear people say that organic (biodynamic, “natural”)
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No, organic-biodynamic-natural is not like “in the old days” | New Brief out, #179 | The Wine Newsletter

 

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Presenting Petra wines, a new era

Petra, revival in the Tuscan winery

The Petra winery in Val di Cornia along the Tuscan coast is making a fresh start. Today, they focus more on elegance than power.  Petra presented their new wines at the end of March in Milan. BKWine Magazine´s Åsa Johansson attended the tasting. “We aim for brighter, fresher wines that better reflect our terroir,” says […]

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CheckMate Puffer for sexual confusion

Sexual confusion in the vineyard, in a new simpler version

When we visited Château Pichon-Baron, grand cru classé in Pauillac, recently we saw a small canister in the vineyard that we have never seen before. This canister is called CheckMate Puffer and is a new way of distribute pheromones that protect against the grape worm with the method with the curious name “sexual confusion”. The […]

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Cleaning barrels with sulphur and a candle

“Organic” sulphur to be launched next year

Sulphur is something that is naturally present in our environment and it is a product that is allowed for all wine producers – organic as well as conventional – both to combat fungal diseases in the vineyard and as an antioxidant in the finished wine. However, there is a certain demand from organic producers for […]

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A rainy day in Lisbon

Hail storms again, and rain

A very violent hailstorm with huge hailstones hit Bordeaux on May 26th. It is as yet unclear how many hectares of vineyards have been affected, but probably at least a few thousand in southern Médoc, Bourg, Blaye and in Charente, the Cognac region. Vines that would have been in bloom the following week have now […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 177, May 2018

The impossible and absurd objectivity No, it is impossible to judge wine after a neutral and objective quality scale. But first… Is it important for the wine consumer if a wine has a “medal” in a wine competition? Some think it’s irrelevant. Another point of view that we often hear is “a medal! Then at […]

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Shipping all over the world

Export wine, yes, but at what price?

Wine is found in all possible price ranges. One is as often amazed at how inexpensive wines can be as at how expensive wines can be. At what prices do different wine countries sell their wines in the export market? We recently saw some interesting statistics for 2017 that compare export prices for the most […]

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Vineyards in New Zealand

New wine travel destination: New Zealand

We have just launched a new and really exciting travel destination: New Zealand. The country is best known for its white wines made from sauvignon blanc (and perhaps also its rugby team?), but there are many other excellent wines as well, for instance exquisite pinot noir and powerful syrah wines. It is also a country […]

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Plastic bag for Bib

Shelf life for bag-in-box wines

Bag-in-box wines have shorter durability than wines in bottle. And the small sizes, 1.5 and 3 litres have the shortest. These sizes are now becoming more and more popular, also in France. At a recent bag-in-box conference, where Smurfit Kappa and other bag-in-box manufacturers participated, it was discussed whether it is possible to improve, at […]

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Kuenstler Riesling, Hochheimer Herrnberg, Hochheimer Stielweg

Weingut Künstler, an artist in the Rheingau

“The artist” himself, Gunter Künstler, is CEO of the company since 1992. He presented in a very humble manner six rieslings from different years and places and two spätburgunders (pinot noir). Gunter told me that there are documents showing that spätburgunder has existed in the Rheingau since the 12th century. However, Weingut Künstler’s history in […]

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Mountain view and vineyards in the Piedmont

The four most popular wine countries in Sweden 2017

Italy shot to the top position in 2012, as the country selling most volume of wine into Sweden, and is still there. Not threatened by anyone at the moment. In 2017, 56.8 million litres of Italian wine were sold at Systembolaget, the Swedish retail monopoly. France, in second place, sold a meagre 26.5 million. The […]

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Marselan, recently planted vines

New grape varieties in France, some forgotten, some hybrids

Nine new grape varieties have been approved to be planted in the French vineyards. Five of them are old, almost extinct and forgotten grape varieties from the Southwest, from Gaillac, Fronton and other southwestern appellations: Bouysselet Blanc, Tardif, Verdanel Blanc, Gibert and Noual. The other four are so-called resistant grape varieties. These are new crosses […]

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Chateau Latour barrel cellar, Bordeaux

What’s on at BKWine Tours as of May 2018

Autumn 2018 Champagne, September 26-30 Bordeaux, October 10-14 Douro Valley in Portugal, October 17-21 South Africa, November 9-19 Winter 2019 Chile-Argentina, January 20 – February 4, 2019 South Africa, February 16-24, 2019 New Zealand, March 11-26, 2019 For more information please contact us on email or on phone (we’re on French time), or go to […]

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Vineyard in Franschhoek with merlot at Rickety Bridge

The top-ten grape varieties in France

France has 806,000 hectares planted with vines. This area includes about 70,000 hectares used for Cognac. Three grape varieties take up one third of this area: Merlot (112,000 hectares), Ugni Blanc (82,000 hectares, which is used mainly for Cognac) and Grenache (81,000 hectares). After the top three follow Syrah (64,000), Chardonnay (51,000), Cabernet Sauvignon (48,000), […]

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Bottles in pupitres for remuage in Champagne

Record year for Champagne 2017

Comité Champagne has published their sales figures for 2017. Champagne made a record turnover of 4.9 billion euros in 2017. 307 million bottles were sold, a slight increase compared with 2016. The sales record counted in volume from 2007 is still valid. 338 million bottles of champagne were sold that year. France is still the […]

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