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Rocca di Frassinello vineyards in Maremma

An introduction to Maremma, the new kid on the block in Tuscany

Discover the unknown Tuscany by the coast! Maremma is Tuscany’s Wild West. Horses and cowboys. Rolling fields, quaint villages and gorgeous white beaches by the crystal blue sea. But also a wine region that offers a wide variety of wines. Maremma was until not long ago an area that was avoided if one could. There […]

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Tuscan landscape – FEATURE

Fattoria Bini, a historic wine estate near Florence in Tuscany | Britt on Forbes

Visualize a villa from the early 16th century, near Florence; build by an enemy of the mighty Medici family. You can easily imagine intrigues of various kinds taking place here. Today, life at the Terraio Villa is probably much quieter. The passion is still there but now it goes into the excellent wines made here. […]

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Stuart George with Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945

The Mouton Mystery: Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945, fake or real?

“Broadbent described Mouton 1945 as ‘a Churchill of a wine’, and not just in reference to the wine itself, either. An Art Deco label was commissioned from the poster artist Carlu for the 1924 Mouton vintage. To commemorate the end of the war, 1945 was the second vintage of Mouton to feature a bespoke label, […]

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Alexandre Penet at Champagne Penet-Chardonnet

Top champagne Penet Chardonnet should be enjoyed as wines, not just bubbly | Britt on Forbes

“A lot of champagnes are drunk at occasions when all that matters are the bubbles. But if you open a high quality champagne with a strong character it deserves more attention. It should actually be drunk as a “normal” wine. And why not with food? When you meet Alexandre Penet at Champagne Penet-Chardonnet in Verzy […]

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Red bell-peppers on a market in Spain

Spain FAQ: tipping, restaurants, transport, shopping

Handy tips on tipping customs, shopping hours, restaurant etiquette, taxi and transport, and more One should perhaps not take too seriously rules about how to behave. On the other hand, it can be dangerous to be totally ignorant about local customs and traditions when travelling in a foreign country. So here are a few half […]

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A cup of cafe solo for breakfast in Spain

Coffee in Spain – “un café por favor”

There are many different types of coffee in Spain, but it does not have quite the almost iconic status that it has in Italy. Many Spaniards complain (without good reason!) of the quality of their coffee, even though they belong to one of the top 20 countries that drink the most coffee per capita. If […]

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Fancy tapas in a bar on Calle Laurel in Logrono, Rioja

Tapas, a culinary treasure from Spain

If there is something that all non-Spanish know about Spanish gastronomy, then it’s tapas! Or any of the tapas ‘cousins’. Tapas are served at most bars and many cafés. Often with local specialities. Sometimes very simple, but sometimes amazingly sophisticated. There is no real difference between tapas, pinchos and pintxos. It is primarily a question […]

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Waiheke Island, Auckland

The extraordinary explorer wine tour to New Zealand

In March we will go even further away than any other wine tour, to New Zealand. New Zealand has become a world-famous and highly respected wine country in just 20-25 years. Looking at export numbers it is one of the countries with wines selling at the highest prices. It started with Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. […]

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Vineyards near Santa Cruz, Colchagua

Experiences of a lifetime in the South American wine lands, Chile and Argentina wine tour

Our wine tour to South America is filled with experiences. You will get to know the two most important wine countries in South America, Argentina and Chile. You will get a close look (and taste) not only of their wines but also their gastronomy, the landscape, the cities – Buenos Aires, Santiago, Mendoza, Valparaiso – […]

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Mountains and vineyards at Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

Spectacular South Africa, world-class wines | wine tour

This wine tour will show you the most important wine regions in this magnificent country. We will go to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl as well as the lesser-known but up and coming stunning valley of Hemel-en-Aarde in Walker Bay on the south coast. We will taste a lot of wines but we will also have time […]

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A village and vineyards in Vallee de la Marne, Champagne

Champagne is a wine, with bubbles | wine tour

Maybe this is self-evident but still, certain producers in Champagne like to point out the fact that Champagne is a wine, not just bubbles. Maybe because so many people only drink Champagne at festive occasions when what is in the glass perhaps is not the most important thing. They just enjoy the bubbles. Many high-quality […]

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A view over a winery and the Andes in Mendoza

Winter long-distance wine tours: Chile-Argentina, South Africa and New Zealand

South America, Chile-Argentina We begin 2019 with our popular wine tour to South America. We will visit the two most important wine countries there, Argentina and Chile. It is a spectacular tour with many meetings with passionate wine makers, gorgeous lunches and some “normal” sightseeing too. We will for instance visit the legendary harbour town […]

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Olive grove

Mandranova – High-quality Sicilian extra virgin olive oil

“How many Sicilian olive varieties do you know? Here are five examples of excellent extra virgin olive oil made with five different varieties on the biggest island in the Mediterranean. The farm Mandranova is one of Sicily’s most appreciated olive oil producers. It is run by Giuseppe and Silva Di Vincenzo, their beautiful farm is […]

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Tolaini wines

Tolaini – back to the roots in Chianti Classico

“Pierluigi Tolaini bought a one-way ticket to Canada when he was twenty years old. When he returned to Tuscany it was for making wine. Of the highest quality. Join us on a journey between Tuscany and Canada. Pierluigi Tolaini was only 20 years old when he left Tuscany for Canada in 1956. -He had bought […]

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Luigi and Debora Bonsignore

Sicilian entrepreneurs create wine, food and travel experiences

“This is not the story of the Sicilians that decided to stay and try to change things from within. It is not the story about those who decided to leave, trying to start over. Instead, this is the story of those who left, became successful, and chose to come back.” Read Åsa Johansson’s article on […]

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By the sea near Cape Town

Wine and whales on the wine tour in South Africa in November, LAST CHANCE NOW

We usually don’t have the South Africa tour at this time of the year, but it is a fantastic time to discover this country. Early summer with lush landscapes, flowers, and vines that are growing rapidly. And it is whale season, so we have also arranged for a boat excursion to take a close look […]

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Wine bottles aging in the cellar

2013 in Brunello di Montalcino shows its strengths

The week of Tuscan previews, anteprima, ended with the presentation of Brunello di Montalcino 2013 and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012. An appointment you do not want to miss. Even Sting came by and played some songs the last day. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson reports and picks her favourites among all the wines tasted. Read […]

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View over the Andes from Domaine Bousquet, Mendoza

More long-distance wine travel: Chile-Argentina and New Zealand

The year 2019 begins with our very popular wine tour to the two South American wine countries Argentina and Chile. Taking a close look at these two countries, you will find many small world-class wine producers. But the tour also includes a lot more, such as a breath-taking road-trip across the Andes. We have one […]

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An old wine cellar & oak barrels

Noble wines in new vintages: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 and 2013

During the week of Tuscan previews, anteprime, invited journalists travel from one town to the next starting in Florence, to taste new vintages of the region’s wines. When it was time for Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, hopes were high, but how did it actually go? BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson reports from the tasting. Read Åsa […]

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Mountains and vineyards at Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

A choice of wine tours in South Africa

We have exceptionally two wine tours to South Africa on the program right now. Both contain lots of good food and good wines and other experiences. We showcase the best and most exciting South Africa wine districts on both programmes, including the trendy cool-climate district of Walker Bay with Hermanus and Hemel en Aarde. The […]

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