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The world’s 10 biggest wine producers

The wine world is not only small picturesque vineyards in a rural setting with a horse pulling a plough between the vines. There are also large groups with international businesses. Euromonitor has listed the top ten wine producers in the world for 2016: E & J Gallo, 2.7% of world production, USA Constellation Brands, 1.7%, […]

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World’s biggest wine producers

Once upon a time it was said that Gallo was the world’s biggest wine producer and that they made as much wine as the whole of Bordeaux. This is no longer quite true (but not far from the truth, and see the following item!). Here are the world’s biggest wine producers (2008): Constellation (USA), 58 […]

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The world’s biggest wine producers = 15% of the total

There is a handful of very large wine producers in the world, who together represent a quite big proportion of world wine production. It is not always obvious who they are since they sell their wines under a variation of different brands and rarely under their own name. that is perhaps not very surprising since […]

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South-West France, the Wines and Winemakers

South-West France, the Wines and Winemakers By: Paul Strang, photographs by Jason Shenai Publisher: University of California Press This is a book that has been in the coming for a very long time and now finally (!), is it published. Let’s start with this: if you are even remotely interested in wines from other than […]

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The travails of Fenouillèdes

Not many people know of Fenouillèdes. Unfortunately. It is a small wine region in southern France, in Roussillon close to the Spanish border. There are several very interesting producers in the area, but it is small, remote, unknown and impossible to pronounce… (Well, actually not, say: feno-yed.) But they are making valiant efforts to become […]

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Miss Wine

Laetitia Bléger won the title Miss France in 2004. She’s the daughter of a winemaker in Alsace and after her Miss modelling career she has returned to the source and has started to make her own wine at the family property. Her wine is made with a secret blend of three Alsatian grape varieties and […]

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Norwegian wine in Washington

No, it’s not a Christmas donation from Norway (like the Christmas Tree in New York’s Rokefeller Plaza) to the President Elect. Erik Dahle was born and raised in Bergen, a rainy costal town in mid-Norway, but has found his way to Washington in the north west US (they’re not exactly lacking in rain there either). […]

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Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure | BKWine TV

Interview with Christian Roche, third generation owner of the property Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure. Domaine de l’Ancienne Cure is a family owned vineyard in the Bergerac and Monbazillac appellations, a top quality producer in this too little known region in south-west France, which is also a very gastronomic part of France with all the specialties […]

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Wine from northern Greece

I’m probably not alone in having some pré-jugées about Greek wines. A bit like, OK, a bottle of retsina can go down once in a (not very frequent) while, but hardly more than that. But there is actually much, much more than that in Greek wines! Not least in northern Greece, in Macedonia. There you […]

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Malbec wine from Paris!

The long established vineyard Clos Montmartre in Paris, just behind Sacre Coeur, must now face new competition. It is the Bretonneau hospital in the 18th arrondisment that has launched its first vintage of Clos Bretonneau. Three years ago they planted 125 Malbec vines and at the end of May the first vintage, the 2007 were […]

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Australian plans a vineyard in the centre of London

The Australian wine producer McGuigan Simeon plans to install (rather than plant) a vineyard in central London, in a square near Broadgate Arena. The public (passing pedestrians…) will be encouraged to take a walk among the vines and will then have the possibility to taste some of the McGuigan wines in a wine bar next […]

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Le Grand Guide des Vins de France 2008

Le Grand Guide des Vins de France 2008 Michel Bettane & Thierry Dessauve Minerva This is a wine guide over France. Region by region the authors present with a short profile, a rating and a few tasting notes their preferred wine producers. Without hesitation one of the most interesting and useful wine guides in France, […]

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Namibia – the next wine country?

A Britsh born business man has planted a vineyard in Namibia, just on the border to the desert. Allan Walkden-Davis so far only makes 3500 bottles, made from Shiraz and Merlot. Five sources contributes to make the vineyard fertile although it is virtually in the desert. Namib Red 2004 is described as “absolutely stunning, amazing […]

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Brazil

Some parts of Brazil are certainly tropical but it is a big country. In the colder south, near the border to Uruguay, the climate is well suited to wine growing. We visited the vineyards in this area this last summer (winter, that is, on location) and were much impressed by the quality. Much of the […]

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