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Cooperatives gaining ground in quality wines | Per on Forbes

Co-operatives sometimes suffer from a less than great reputation in wine. Sometimes it is well-deserved, for cooperatives that focus more on quantity and volume production than on quality. Sometimes is it unfair. There is an important trend today in the cooperative sector in the wine industry to improve both quality and market orientation. This is […]

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What do consumers think about organic wine?

A major market research conducted on behalf of Sudvinbio, a French producer association for organic wines, shows how consumers in four countries – France, Germany, the UK and Sweden – perceive organic wines. A large proportion of the respondents in the different countries drink organic wine from time to time. If they are hesitant to […]

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South Africa: Breedekloof Chenin Blanc Initiative

One of our favourite grapes among the whites is Chenin blanc and not least the one coming from South Africa. Of South Africa’s nearly 100 000 hectares of vineyards Chenin blanc is grown on more than 18 000 hectares. The Chenin plantings used to be larger but then, on the other hand, the quality was […]

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Bodegas Cooperativa Los Oteros , Pajares de los Oteros, Spain, Castile and Leon

Why wine co-operatives are so incredibly important

Wine lovers often tend to simply ignore wine co-operatives or even look down at them as sources of not so good wine. This is a mistake. It is true that many co-operatives are not tuned for making small batches of high quality wine. And even worse that wine co-operatives are often very poor at marketing. […]

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New wine drinkers in China

When China began to drink wine it was red, expensive Bordeaux that was sought after and most preferably Château Lafite-Rothschild. And the bottles were given away as gifts. This was some years ago now, and the Chinese market has evolved a lot. Now there is a new generation of wine drinkers in China. These are […]

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Vinexpo in June 2015 in Bordeaux

Vinexpo in Bordeaux is probably the world’s largest wine fair. Next edition, the eighteenth, will be on June 14-18, 2015. There are many wine fairs in the world today and for each of them it is important to know how to attract visitors. Vinexpo is launching several new ideas and events for the 2015 edition. […]

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Mjödhamnens produktbeskrivning med cirkeldiagram

Monopoly on pie charts? You must be kidding!

No, I am not kidding. The very small company called Mjödhamnen is threatened with a law suit by the very big monopoly retailer Systembolaget in Sweden. Mjödhamnen means “the port of mead” and is a small, tiny, producer and importer of mead. What has Mjödhamnen done? Well, they have used pie charts, circular diagrams, to […]

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“Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking” press release has been noticed in media

“You make it and they will buy it” is a patently mistaken marketing principle. You have to tell the world about what you do too. Even if you think it what you have done is good, or at least OK, you still have to make people aware of it. That’s why we occasionally send out […]

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Louis Roederer Brut Nature 2006

Champagne Roederer launches Brut Nature

Champagne Roederer has launched a new champagne, the first since Cristal Rosé was launched in 1974. This new Roederer is a vintage (2006) without dosage, that is, with no added sugar, no “dosage”, and no malolactic fermentation. In other words, we can expect a crisp champagne with a fresh acidity. This is the first time […]

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Jean-Claude Mas of Domaine Paul Mas

Demand for French wines growing – in the USA

It is not quite Jack in the Box, but French wines are making solid progress in the USA. In 2013 sales of French wines increased with 7.3% to reach 9.4 million cases, Shanken News Daily reports, based on numbers from Impact Databank. What counts in terms of numbers are of course the affordable wines in […]

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The orangerie at Moet & Chandon in Epernay

Why does champagne cost so much?

A champagne lunch for, maybe, 1500–2000 euro Champagne always carries a not insignificant price tag. As with everything, “expensive” is a question of each one’s personal assessment. One thing is certain: there are no other wines that are marketed with so much money. It is in many ways a meaningless question if a wine is […]

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Why do the wine importers hide behind multiple names?

In a recent article here on BKWine Magazine on the largest wine importers (in Sweden) I speculated about why many of the largest wine importers have several subsidiaries. In some it become a maze of companies, each headed (fully or partially) by the same people but under different company names. The four most thorny wine […]

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What you need to do to sell your wines better in Sweden

BKWine interviewed in the Italian magazine WineMeridian The Italian online magazine WineMeridian has just published an interview with us on how better to sell wines in Sweden. Or to put it in another way, we explain a bit about how the Swedish wine market works and the market dynamics that there are. The interview published […]

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Is it a problem with all these new “cheap amarones”?

Are all the new, low(ish) priced appassimento, ripasso, passito, “baby-amarone” wines a cause for concern? I received an interesting question on email from someone in the wine business. In short: “You see more and more of ‘cheap amarone’ (or ripasso, appassimento, passito), not least in Sweden at Systembolaget where amarone has become fantastically popular, but […]

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Man fishing in the Loire river

Jacob’s Creek designs wine for Japanese market

Is a wine that has been created for a particular market or for a certain taste a lesser wine than a so-called terroir wine that comes from a specific, well-defined vineyard? No, not necessarily. But probably it is a little less interesting for a wine enthusiast. Many wines are blended together to acquire a certain […]

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The CIVB headquarters in Bordeaux

Bordeaux CIVB wine business press conference 2014

The annual press conference of CIVB, Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (the Bordeaux producers’ joint organisation for development, control, lobbying and political actions), with Bernard Farges, president, and Allan Sichel, vice-président and president of Fédération des Négociants, two of the most influential persons on the Bordeaux wine scene currently, took place yesterday in Paris. […]

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Apples and oranges for sale

Champagne Veuve Clicquot fights for its orange colour

Admittedly, they have said that they are not going to sue but still, the whole affair is exaggerated, to say the least. It is about champagne house Veuve Clicquot and their zealous eagerness to defend their orange colour. A tiny producer of sparkling wine in Campania in southern Italy has a label that is orange. […]

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Chateau Brane Cantenac corks

Protect your wine with The Wine Condom

“The wine condom” will protect your wine once the bottle has been opened, it claims. Proper protection for your wine is indeed a good tag line. This new wine-related Kickstarter “wine condom” project had me intrigued when I read about it. What could possibly a “wine condom” do? If anything, I would love for my […]

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