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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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An elegant wine cellar & oak barrels

Tuscany presents its recent vintages, Chianti Classico 2015 and 2016

Each year, Tuscany presents the recent vintages in a gigantic tasting, the so-called “anteprima”. BKWine’s reporter Åsa Johansson was there: “I concentrated on Chianti Classico 2016, where many producers chose to have barrel samples of wines not yet bottled, and Chianti Classico 2015. After two days of tasting and spitting sitting at a table, while […]

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An elegant Bordeaux wine cellar

The gourmet city of Bordeaux, that also makes wine | wine tour

It is perhaps not surprising that Bordeaux is among France’s top destinations if you want to eat delicious food. Here you will find top- quality French gastronomy, at least on the lunches that we have on our wine tour to Bordeaux. They are often at one of the chateaux that we visit, yet they are […]

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A pisco sour “catedral” in Santa Cruz…

Santa Cruz in Colchagua, Chile, a short “city” guide

Santa Cruz is a small town in the Colchagua Valley in Chile. It has around 40 000 inhabitants. It is the almost inevitable base-camp to explore the famous Colchagua Valley, and, for example, Lolol, Apalta, Cachapoal, Rapel, Curico, and other nearby valleys and regions. It is about 2 hours south of Santiago, in the Chilean region […]

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Old bottles in a wine cellar in Loire

Which wines should you cellar, and why

“Having an ideal wine cellar with a temperature of around 10-14 degrees year-round is not common. And the wine “fridges” that are available on the market are so expensive that hesitates to buy one when one figures out how much wine one could get for the money instead. Ageing wine under some “worse” conditions, for […]

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The beach at Camps Bay in Cape Town

Perfect wine tour time in November: Spring in South Africa

Whales, mountains and wines with personality will feature on the November wine tour when it is is spring in South Africa, so it is a colourful, flourishing landscape that greets us. We meet in Cape Town and continue on to Hermanus on the south coast where we will taste Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from […]

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Oldenburg in Stellenbosch putting on a show with a celebrity TV chef

I discovered by chance some time ago that Oldenburg Vineyards had made a video about us. Oldenburg Vineyards is a wine producer in Stellenbosch in South Africa. They have their winery and vineyards in an incredible place, spectacularly at the end of a dirt road, surrounded by tall mountain peaks. We had a cellar visits, […]

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Grillo Parlante from Sicily

The Sicilian grape grillo on the stage, Il Fondo Antico wines prize

Lorenza Scianna is a winemaker at the wine producer Il Fondo Antico in western Sicily, not far from Marsala. She was one of the first to believe in the characteristics of the grape grillo and since 2002 she makes a wine with a hundred percent grillo called Grillo Parlante (the talking grasshopper). At the end […]

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The Champagne book award certificate, Gourmand International

Our pretty winner’s award certificate for the Champagne book

You will have heard it (more than enough?) by now: our Champagne book, Champagne, the Wine and the Growers, was awarded the prize as “the best wine book on France” by the Gourmand Awards in Sweden. We have just received our very pretty certificate as winner in that category. It came in a very posh […]

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South African crime novels

South Africa behind the scenes through detective novels and thrillers

Visiting wineries can sometimes take longer than expected. Usually, that is a good thing. But this time it was a big frustration. For me, but not for anyone else. In fact, we had some excellent tastings and discussions with the winemakers at the chateaux we were visiting when I was touring the wine regions of […]

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Torre de los Ingleses in Buenos Aires and the railway station

Buenos Aires, a short introduction to the city

It is a curious contrast between Buenos Aires and Mendoza. Mendoza with its one million inhabitants feels much smaller than what it is. Buenos Aires, on the contrary, with not more than 3 million people, still feel enormous. It feels just as big, or bigger than Paris or London. But perhaps it is all based […]

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