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The giant Distell in South Africa is investing in premium wines

Distell is South Africa’s largest wine producer. With brands such as Alto, Nederburg, Durbanville Hills, Plaisir de Merle, Pongrácz, Fleur
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The giant Distell in South Africa is investing in premium wines

Street art to promote Chilean wine in Valparaiso

The mythical Chilean port city of Valparaiso is a fascinating city in many ways, not least thanks to the artistic
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Street art to promote Chilean wine in Valparaiso

Organic nurseries: It is time to be organic from the very beginning

Today, an organic wine farmer who wants to plant new vines can buy the same vines from the nursery as
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Organic nurseries: It is time to be organic from the very beginning

Burgundy shows off its best figures

For the lover of statistics and/or the lover of Burgundy wines, we have found a handy and updated summary of
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Burgundy shows off its best figures

Champagne inspires German quality sekt

VDP stands for Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweinguter and is a highly respected association of around 200 German top producers with their
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Champagne inspires German quality sekt

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
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California wine: from the time of prohibition until now

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
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XXO, new category of cognac now official

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

 

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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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A glass of champagne with bubbles

Henkell, a bubbly giant grows bigger

Henkell Trocken is one of the world’s most famous sparkling wines. The German company Henkell & Co is also the largest producer in the world of sparkling wines since the purchase of Spanish Freixenet in March 2018. Henkell now accounts for 8% of the world market for bubbles and is aiming for 10%. In addition […]

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Chateau Latour tower and vineyard, Bordeaux

A joke or false marketing?

Wine producers should not deceive consumers when they promote their wines. This story is about Château de Reignac in Entre-deux-Mers. This chateau was bought in the 1990s by Yves Vatelot. His ambition from the very beginning was to make a high-quality Bordeaux. The natural conditions are there. In fact, he thinks that his soil is […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 183, November 2018

Typical. Guessing right again…? They are easily counted, the times I have called a wine “typical” during the past year. But what is typical? Everyone who has attended a wine course has learned typical aromas for some of the most popular grape varieties: cedar and black currants for Cabernet Sauvignon, tar and charcuterie for Syrah, […]

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Vineyard workers pruning, Vinedos y Bodega Filgueira, Montevideo, Uruguay

No more spraying with herbicides in Anjou and Saumur

A tour of France’s vineyards today shows that more and more wine producers prefer to let the grass and the weed remain in the vineyard instead of removing it. Today, many refrain from chemical weed control, also those who are not organic. The region of Anjou-Saumur in the Loire Valley has gone one step further. […]

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Chateau l'Hospitalet in La Clape, Languedoc

Gérard Bertrand buys neighbouring Mas du Soleilla in La Clape in Languedoc

Gérard Bertrand’s empire in Languedoc is growing. He recently bought Mas du Soleilla, a 22-hectare vineyard adjacent to Bertrand’s headquarters Château l’Hospitalet in the appellation of La Clape. Mas du Soleilla was founded by Peter Wildbolz and Christa Derungs, both Swiss. 2002 was their first vintage. Mas de Soleilla is, like the Château l’Hospitalet, certified […]

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Melanie Pfister, Domaine Pfister, Alsace

Alsace Pinot Gris is finally dry

Alsace wines are becoming drier and drier. At least that was the impression we had on our recent Alsace tour. And that is very positive. In addition, it is easier to know if the wines are dry or not because producers are now more and more putting “vin sec” on the label if the wine […]

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Child's feet in water

Disastrous floods in Languedoc

Heavy rain and floods of a rare violence in the department of Aude In Languedoc in mid-October caused major damage to vineyards and wineries, in particular in the Minervois and Cabardes appellations and, to a lesser extent, in Saint Chinian. 14 people died. Several wine cellars were flooded, pumps and presses have been destroyed and […]

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Flowers in the vineyards in Limoux

Grass in the vineyard, yes, but which grass?

It is amazing how different vineyards look today compared to 30 years ago. Then, there was not one single straw of grass in the rows between the vines. Today vineyards are often vibrant and colourful with different plants and flowers to keep the vines company. But they also compete with the vines for water and […]

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Vineyards protected with a net against hail, Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina

Shading gives wines with lower alcohol

Many consumers perceive wines nowadays as more alcoholic than they used to be. This is actually quite true. This has to do with a lot of things (and not only global warming): grapes are harvested riper, wineries use better clones, consumers drink more wines from warmer climates, such as southern Italy, the New World, etc, […]

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Vittorio Dalle Ore, owner-winemaker at Villa di Maser

Ambitious prosecco and curious whites and reds from Villa di Maser | Britt on Forbes

Prosecco is producing more and more bottles. This year they will pass 500 million. People can’t seem to get enough. The yields for the simplest Proseccos are sky high, making the resulting wine sometimes a bit thin and tasteless. What can you expect with excessive yields?But there are different proseccos. There are excellent proseccos, if […]

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Vineyards and hills in Barbaresco, Piedmont

Meet the Queen of Wines, Barbaresco

Two of Italy´s most prestigious wines are the Piedmontese stars Barolo and Barbaresco. Both made from 100% of the autochthonous Piedmont grape variety Nebbiolo. It is easily recognized by its light colour, high tannins and perfumed aromas, but the two wines have some notable differences. The main differences between the two wines come from geological […]

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