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Making paella, a video

A Spanish signature dish: how to make a paella

Paella is a very Spanish dish. Usually one thinks of Paella Valenciana (from Valencia) when talking about it. But it is made in many different places in Spain. Want to discover some genuine paella? Here you can see how a real paella catalana is done. You start with frying some shrimps, add garlic, onion, la […]

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Travelling in Catalonia, a video

Catalonia in north-east Spain produces some wonderful wine and is home to a fantastic gastronomy. On the wine side it is of course also famous for the cava, Spain’s sparkling wine. Catalonia also makes some delicious red and white wines in the Penedes region. Almost as well-known as Penedes are the wines from Priorat. They […]

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Tapas in Rioja

When you are in Spain having a few tapas can easily turn into a whole dinner. You go from bar to bar and try a few tapas (or pintxos that it is sometimes called) and a glass a wine. You continue to the next and try some more. We have collected a list of recommended […]

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Our friends at Gomez Cruzado in Rioja wins award

When we travel to Rioja we often visit Bodegas Gomez Cruzado. It is the smallest of all the bodegas, ie wine producers, located in the legendary area called Barrio de la Estación in Haro, the second largest (but still small) town in Rioja. One could almost call them a “boutique bodega” in comparison with many […]

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New classification for Cava in Catalonia

Cava, the Spanish sparkling wine, is made in many different price ranges and quality levels. The best cava is a high quality wine and soon some of these better cava will be able to put a special mention on their label. The cava producers governing body has recently approved a new classification called Cava de […]

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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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Landscape with vineyards in Rioja

The 2014 vintage in Rioja: officially ”good”

The official control organisation in Rioja has after extensive tastings deemed the 2014 vintage to be “good”. Everything did indeed look very good when I was there in October last year. They are very satisfied both with the quality and the quantity of the harvest. The volume is up compared to last year: 2.9 million […]

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The forgotten Catalonian grapes found by Torres

The large wine company Torres of Catalonia in Northern Spain continues its work with so-called forgotten grape varieties. Torres has been working on this project in Catalonia for 30 years now. One reason for the project is that they hope that some of these grapes will prove to be well suited for the future when […]

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The Rioja region newsletter interviews BKWine

The Rioja wine region publishes a regular newsletter on what is happening in the region and with recommendations on wines and what to do. Recently they did an interview with Per at BKWine. They had heard of our wine tour in Rioja this past autumn and wanted to know what we thought. “In short, Rioja […]

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Black llicorella soil, Priorato, Catalonia, Spain

Priorat named Wine Region of the Year

Priorat, just south of Barcelona, has been named Wine Region of the Year 2016 by the Swedish wine tasting association Munskänkarna (with more than 20,000 members), according to confirmed unofficial sources. Wine Region of the Year is an award that Munskänkarna gives to a wine region that they think deserves more attention, that makes outstanding […]

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Sherry by Julian Jeffs, the contents

Sherry by Julian Jeffs | book review

[pullquote position=”right”]This book about Sherry is a classic[/pullquote]. It is now in its 6th edition (first published 1961!), so just imagine how many wine enthusiasts and wine professions that have learned about the Spanish wine through this book. And probably enjoyed learning too. This book is thorough. No stones are left unturned, all aspects are […]

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Spain, biggest in the world. For vineyards

Wine countries outside of Europe are steadily increasing their surface under vines but it is still a European country that can boast the largest vineyard area in the world. It has long been Spain and it is still Spain with 950,541 hectares. That is 13.6% of the total global vineyard area. The largest region is […]

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The bottle cellar at Bodegas Roda in Rioja

From wood to fruit: Bodegas Roda show the New Rioja and contrasts with Ribera del Duero

Rioja is, perhaps with some competition, by far the quietest area of the blogosphere. Virtually nothing is written about Rioja, and not so much about Spanish wine, for that matter either. For a long time Rioja was the most un-trendy wine that you could drink. The wines were considered ladened down with stock conservative traditions […]

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Tio Pepe fino en rama Gonzalez Byass sherry

Summer (?) aperitif: sherry fino en rama

It is an excellent summer aperitif (remember the time?) but it works just as fine at any time of the year: We just finished a bottle of Tio Pepe Fino En Rama from Gonzalez Byass. This is a powerful fino with intense flavours. The aromas are those of a typical fino, only so much more. […]

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Sales record for Rioja

227 million litres of wine (2.8 M hl) was sold in 2013, up 4% on 2012. This is an all time high for rioja. Never has so much Rioja been sold. A few years back Rioja was struggling. Decreasing sales. But now Rioja is apparently back, breaking records. Here are more numbers: 90% of sales […]

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Three Gonzalez Byass sherries

Some delicious sherries that you should not miss, from wallet-friendly to exclusive

BKWine at exclusive sherry tasting, streamed online over the internet, with Gonzalez Byass’ Master Blender Antonio Flores Sherry is a really delicious wine that more people should try. Sherry can range from bone dry to extremely sweet. There are “regular” sherries of different types. And there are speciality sherries. Everything from the little-known “fresh produce” […]

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Clotilde Davenne's vineyards in Chablis

Are women better than men at making wine?

Are there any differences in wines made by female winemakers and male winemaker? Do women make different wines? Maybe that was the hypothesis, or maybe it was just a (good) excuse to invite a number of talented female winemaker to a work-shop on the International Women’s Day. BKWine’s Anette Zellen Soderstrom investigates and reports on […]

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A glass of Tintilla de Rota de Finca Moncloa Gonzales Byass

Exclusively sweet, port wine and more

We often talk about port wine as if it were one single type of wine. But there is world of difference between, for example, an aged tawny and a vintage port. No news perhaps but it is worth pointing out again. A tawny is aged for a long time in oak barrels and becomes “oxidized”, […]

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