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”Pétillant naturel”, petnat, obtains official recognition in Montlouis-sur-Loire

The oldest way to make sparkling wines is called méthode ancestrale in France. The method is mainly used in Gaillac,...
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”Pétillant naturel”, petnat, obtains official recognition in Montlouis-sur-Loire

Four top-quality wine producers from South Africa

If you are planning a wine tour later on to South Africa, the best way to prepare is to drink...
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Four top-quality wine producers from South Africa

The world market for sparkling wines. Which are the winners and losers? | Britt on Forbes

Wine consumers around the world drink sparkling wines like never before. The message from producers and wine writers has been...
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The world market for sparkling wines. Which are the winners and losers? | Britt on Forbes

Where are we now? What is happening with our wine travel activity?

This is from the introduction to the BKWine Brief #200 and also from our wine travel site BKWineTours.com on how...
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Where are we now? What is happening with our wine travel activity?

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, May 2020

Uncorked: Under this heading, we collect various wines that we have tasted, and liked, recently. It can be wines that...
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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, May 2020

Argentinian wines to make your barbecue a success, not only Malbec

Argentina is known for its Malbec and its excellent meat. They both go amazingly well together. But if you want...
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Argentinian wines to make your barbecue a success, not only Malbec

Asado, some rules for a successful Argentine barbecue

Barbecues are loved in many countries and the season is starting. In South Africa, they invite you to a braai,...
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Asado, some rules for a successful Argentine barbecue

Pressure chamber will help New Zealand wine growers to irrigate at the right time

Many wine regions are doing research to better understand the challenges posed by climate change. In the recently inaugurated Bragato...
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Pressure chamber will help New Zealand wine growers to irrigate at the right time

Parusso – Barolo with plenty of everything

“I want to give everything, I only live once and I want to give everything I have,” says Marco Parusso...
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Parusso – Barolo with plenty of everything

Record-breaking heat and drought this spring in Burgundy

It has been an extremely warm and dry spring in some parts of France, especially the northern and north-eastern parts....
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Record-breaking heat and drought this spring in Burgundy

 

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Teddy Hall Syrah Reserve, South Africa

A grape name on the label sells better

How much does a grape name on the label really mean? A lot. At least some people think so. During the international Chenin Blanc congress that took place in Angers in July, there was much talk about the importance of providing consumers with information on the label and what added value it provides. The still […]

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The barrel cellar at Musella, Valpolicella, Italy

The Golden Glass Trophy to Musella in Valpolicella

Every year, the Swedish food magazine “Allt Om Mat” (Everything About Food) selects a winery for the “Golden Glass” trophy, an award that goes to a winery that has distinguished itself for high quality and that is available to consumers in Sweden. In 2019 the award went to Musella in the Italian region of Valpolicella. […]

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Bottles "sur lattes" in a cellar in Champagne

Last-minute-recommendations for a sparkling New Year

Do you need some inspiration to fins a different bubbly for the festivities (you don’t really need any help to find the big brands, do you?)? Here are a few sparkling wines that we recommend. Champagne Bonnet-Ponson Seconde Nature, ~45 euro. Cyril Bonnet is a very talented winemaker. No sulphur, no dosage. But a lot […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 196, December 2019

The wine world’s vague and hard-to-explain words There are difficult words in the world of wine. It may not be obvious to know exactly what is acetaldehyde, tangential filter or sexual confusion. But these words have a very well-defined meaning. Just look them up in a book. But there are also words that people use […]

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Skepparps: Swedish rosé

Scandinavian wines in the New York Times and on France 3

Scandinavian wines have received a great deal of attention in the international press lately. Like most other journalists, Eric Asimov, in his long article in the New York Times, points out that climate change makes it possible to commercially make wine in Scandinavia. But he also admits that this doesn’t make it easy. Climate change […]

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A snifter glass with brandy

Cognac’s incredible success on export

There is a wine region in France that is really doing well at the moment. And that is Cognac. Sales increased in 2018 for the fifth consecutive year. 205 million bottles of cognac were exported. This equates to 98% of the entire production. The United States buys 94 million bottles annually and is the largest […]

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Millions of bottles of Moldovan wines resting in the cellars of Milestii Mici in Moldova

Historic bottles and traditional gastronomy in Moldova’s amazing underground wine world

Whatever reason you might have to go visit Moldova, you wouldn’t want to miss the cellars of Cricova and Milestii Mici. These cellars, often called caves actually, are amazing places, whole underground cities. They are an attraction in themselves that you don’t have to be a wine lover to appreciate. Cricova and Milestii Mici are […]

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Miguel Torres Maczassek in Chile

Miguel Torres celebrates 40 years in Chile

Forty years ago, in 1979, the Spanish Torres family began making wine in Chile, in the small region of Curicó, 200 kilometres south of Santiago. At that time, Chile’s viticulture was still in its infancy and there is no doubt that Torres in various ways helped to accelerate development. Torres introduced new, modern production methods, […]

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Vineyards in the Douro Valley, Portugal

Christmas gift tip 2: An unforgettable wine tour

A wine tour is so much more than a “regular” tour or a normal holiday. A wine tour with BKWine is a unique experience where you get to meet the people behind the wine, enjoy the beautiful nature and of course also savour many good wines and top-quality food. It is a gift that will […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson's 9+1 books

Christmas gift tip 1: Make someone happy with a wine book

A bottle of wine is never wrong, but a book about wine may be longer lasting. We have written ten wine books, about Languedoc-Roussillon, Bordeaux, Champagne, Tuscany, Piedmont, Burgundy, all of France, how to grow vines and make wine (not a do-it-yourself but a book that explains the technicalities of what winemakers do). But we […]

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Vineyards in Collioure overlooking the Mediterranean

Roussillon is named “Wine Region of the Year 2020”

Each year, the Munskänkarna Wine Association in Sweden (probably the worlds’ biggest, with some 25,000 members) chooses a “Wine Village/Wine Region of the Year”. For 2020, Roussillon in southern France was recently elected. A good choice we think. Roussillon is often lumped together with Languedoc and that can sometimes be justified. But Roussillon has its […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 195, November 2019

Seek out diversity, ditch the same-same and fame Diversity is what makes the wine world unique. Wine is in essence nothing but an agricultural product. For most of those who make wine, life as a wine farmer is not as glamorous as it is sometimes portrayed. What is unique is the incredible number of different […]

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A vine leaf attacked by mildiou (downy mildew)

Oregano protects against fungal diseases in the vineyard

Can the solution to the problem of the dreaded fungal disease downy mildew (mildiou) be something as simple as oregano? It is a little early to answer yes to that question. But the experiments that two Swiss researchers are currently doing are interesting. They discovered that by spraying essential oil of oregano on chasselas grapes […]

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