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A shopping street in Beaune

Beaune City Guide

Beaune, “the Capital of Burgundy” Beaune is the capital of the Cote de Beaune, which together with the Cote de Nuits makes up the Cote d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. Cote d’Or is a small wine district some 80 kilometres long, from Santenay in the south to Marsannay in the north. For the wine traveller […]

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Traffic on Avenida de 9 Julio in Buenos Aires

Argentina FAQ: on tipping, transport, restaurants, currency, telecom etc

Practical tips on tipping, eating, money, taxis and other things when travelling in Argentina in South America. Take the advice here mainly as a pointer and an indication. Things change over time. Things can be different in different places. And things don’t always follow the rules. And the rules are not really rules but varying […]

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A Chilean hotdog

Chile’s food: A quick introduction

Chile is most famous for its asados, just like Argentina, the open-fire barbecues, with beef, pork, lamb, chicken… But there is a tremendous variety of food and restaurants in Chile, everything from steakhouses to sushi. When you enjoy an asado make sure not to focus only on the pieces of meat and poultry. Do try […]

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Chilean pesos

Chile FAQ: on tipping, transport, restaurants, currency, telecom etc

Practical tips on tipping, eating, money, taxis and other things when travelling in Chile in South America. Take the advice here mainly as a pointer and an indication. Things change over time. Things can be different in different places. And things don’t always follow the rules. And the rules are not really rules but varying […]

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Toast with fresh tomatoes and herbs with olives

Olive oil and wine from Dievole, a producer in Tuscany

“ ‘Wine producers usually see the production of olive oil as a problem and not as an opportunity. Here at Dievole, it is the first time I see a long-term ambitious project’, says Stefano Capurso, General Manager of Dievole.” “Dievole is a farm located in the southern part of Chianti Classico in a landscape that […]

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Sunrise over Mendoza City and the Andes

Mendoza: What to see and do, and where to eat | a quick introduction

It’s as if someone had laid out the city on a chequerboard. The streets form a nice square pattern, at least in the old centre, around the central square, Plaza Independencia. Mendoza is a city that is at the same time big and small. It stretches far out from the centre but still feels like […]

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Tasting Piromafo igp Salento from Apuplia

The Heel of Italy, Apulia, makes some excellent wines

“Elio Minoia is a low-profile winemaker and a big smile at the winery Valle dell’Asso. The winery is located in Galatina, just outside Lecce in Salento, at the bottom of the Italian heel, in Apulia or Puglia as it is also called. Elio has worked side by side with the founder of the winery, Luigi […]

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The Sancerre hill-top village

The biggest wine producer in the Loire Valley focuses on quality

“Maison Ackerman is a famous producer of sparkling wine in the Loire Valley. The company is part of a bigger group that owns 1120 acres (453 hectares) throughout the Loire Valley, from Muscadet close to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, to Sancerre in the east. In addition, they buy grapes from 186 growers. In […]

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A giraffe looking down on us

South Africa, Safari and Wildlife Add-on, March 4-8, 2018

An Extraordinary Nature and Wildlife Experience — After the wine tour we can offer you an extraordinary four day tour to malaria-free private game reserves in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s flight time from Cape Town. You will get the chance to see all of the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhinoceros, buffalo and leopard (not […]

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By the sea near Cape Town

South Africa, Golf Experience Add-on, February 19-24, 2018

“Trail of Champions“: Four Days with the Best of Cape Golfing — For a golfer South Africa is a perfect destination. It has world-class golf courses located in breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Climate is warm but generally not exceedingly hot, not even in summer. The sea is never far away in Cape golf country. And it […]

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Tips on the table in a restaurant in Stockholm

France FAQ: tipping, restaurants, transport, shopping

Handy tips on tipping customs, shopping hours, restaurant etiquette, 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 serious, half […]

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An oak forest and a vineyard in Alentejo

How to choose a wine tour operator: 8 things to remember

As the year begins it is time to make plans for the coming year’s wine visits. January is not the most cheerful month of the year, so it is the perfect time to plan visits to wine regions. And then we hope, of course, that you will travel with us at BKWine, “world’s top wine […]

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A wine tasting in Barolo

8 Barolos from 1970

“I had the opportunity to try eight barolos from 1970, recently bought, ranging in price from 50 euro to 100 euro, in a German online store. The Barolo 1970 vintage came at a period of transition. Chemical treatments in the vineyards were still a novelty. The Nebbiolo wines had traditionally been built for a long […]

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Chateau Bernateau, Bordeaux, wine cellar

Château Bernateau In Saint Emilion: Great Wines With Organic Growing And High-End Equipment | Britt on Forbes

Bordeaux is not only about big, famous châteaux in Médoc. If you cross the rivers to the right bank you will find a myriad of smaller chateaux, often with less than 10 hectares of vineyards. Often family owned, like the remarkable Château Bernateau in Saint Emilion. The chateau owners are Pierrick and Karen Lavau. Pierrick […]

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Champagne, the wine and the growers | wine book

If only you could read this Champagne book

With regrets I have to tell you that you probably cannot read this rather unique book on Champagne. It is our latest book, number nine, but it is so far only available in Swedish. What is unique with it is that it is dedicated to the independent producers, the “champagnes de vignerons”, or RMs (récoltants-manipulants) […]

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The coastline near Cape Town

South Africa’s wonderful wines, food, and nature, a wine tour experience of a life-time

On the wine tour to South Africa the wine is only one part of the experience (but an important one). The food, nature and just being there is also a big part of the experience. South Africa is a country with a long wine history (longer than Medoc in Bordeaux!), although it is considered a […]

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A classical chateau in Bordeaux

Experience the 7000 châteaux in Bordeaux | wine tour

The châteaux in Bordeaux are amazing, sometimes even spectacular. At least some of them. Others are more discreet. But all 7000 wine estates in Bordeaux are allowed to call themselves “château”. On this tour you will not see all 7000, but quite a few. Now, you don’t go to Bordeaux just to look at the […]

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In the wine cellar

“You surpassed our high expectations “, what travellers think of the wine tour Three Classics, Champagne, Chablis, Burgundy

Some of the world’s premier white wines are made within just a few hours’ journey from each other. Near Paris, an hour and a half east, we have Champagne with its stylish sparkling wines. The southern border of Champagne almost touches the border to Chablis, where they make some of the world’s most elegant chardonnay […]

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Vineyards in a foggy valley in Piedmont

Ferdinando Principiano in three versions from Piedmont

Ferdinando Principiano is a small producer of high-quality wines from Piedmont. Principiano is based in Monforte d’Alba, in the Barolo region but Ferdinando also makes wines in other denominations. We recently had the occasion to taste three of his wines when they were launched on the Swedish market, but they are also distributed internationally. Read […]

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A winery in Franschhoek in Cape Dutch style

“A total success, what more could one wish for?”, said those who travelled on a wine tour in South Africa with BKWine

Few wine countries have such a dramatic contemporary history as South Africa. And few countries have seen such a steep rise in wine quality. Looking at the statistics, South Africa is still dominated by dependable volume wines (which sells well on export), but taking a closer look you will find a wine country bubbling with […]

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