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“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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Vineyards in Franschhoek

South Africa’s magnificent sparkling wine, Methode Cap Classique, as interpreted by Graham Beck

If Champagne has a sibling, it may be méthode cap classique. Specific to South Africa, cap classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle. And if South Africa’s méthode cap classique sparkling wine has a ‘godfather’, it’s Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellarmaster at Graham Beck Wines in […]

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A few hardy vines in a very stony soil

“Fantastic experiences” – Say The Travellers On The Wine Tour In The Rhone Valley

In northern Rhône, Syrah dominates. In southern Rhône, everything is much more Provençal and Mediterranean. Here, grenache is the main grape, but many other grapes are also grown. Some of the most famous names in the Rhone Valley are in the northern part, Côte Rôtie and Hermitage, but it is in the southern part where […]

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Vineyards and mountains in Stellenbosch

Talking to Bruwer Raats, chenin blanc and cabernet franc specialist in South Africa

“Considered the driving force behind South Africa’s recognition for producing world-class chenin blanc, the burly South African wine maker Bruwer Raats specialize in high quality chenin blanc and cabernet franc sourced from a variety of South Africa’s wine regions and microclimates. Each wine expressive of it’s unique terroir, or ‘sense of place.’ Raats also enjoys […]

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An old wine cellar with oak barrels in the Rhone Valley

A producer in the southern Rhone Valley to keep an eye on, Domaine de Marcoux

Domaine de Marcoux is a family property in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In addition to the exclusive chateauneuf wine, they also make côtes du rhône and vin de france, all of very good quality. On September 14, a triplet of Marcoux wines was launched on the Swedish market by Caviste, but the wines are […]

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Rodrigo Romero at Viña Maquis, Colchagua, Chile

Lovely carmenere and cabernet franc from Chile, Viña Maquis

Carmenère and Cabernet Franc are two challenging grapes to grow, says chief wine maker Rodrigo Romero at Viña Maquis. “You have to pay very close attention both in the vineyard and in the cellar.” When the result is good, the wines are stunning. This is exactly what happens at Viña Maquis. Here the conditions seem […]

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Bottles in a wine cellar in Champagne

What do travellers think about the Champagne tour? “Fantastic. Would never go with anyone else on a wine tour”

Champagne, the world’s most famous bubbly wine. But champagne is so much more than a wine only for celebration and festivities. It’s a great wine with its very own characters and can go wonderfully well with food. Many people tend to focus entirely on the famous “houses”, the famous brands that you can find on […]

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Wine harvest at the end of the day

Happy customers comment on a wine tour in Burgundy: “amazing days”

Burgundy can be a tricky district to travel in. There are several big known “houses” (negociants), often the ones seen on the export market, but if you are on a wine tour in Burgundy, it is seldom the most famous names that are most exciting to visit. There reception often becomes a little bit impersonal. […]

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Peter-Allan Finlayson, Crystallum, Walker Bay, South Africa

Cool climate wines from South Africa? Yes Sir! From Crystallum

It’s quite possible to make exciting, interesting and characterful wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in South Africa! Everything depends on the temperature – and the winemaker of course (as well as a whole lot else). The proximity to a cold ocean and southern winds means that although southwestern South Africa (Western Cape) can get […]

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Guides to the World of Wine

Book mentions, including California

We’ve seen several book reviews on our books, but they have been in Swedish I’m afraid. But there was also a mention, actually a quote from our book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture  on the American site called Civil Eats. Civil Eats recently published an article on organic wine trends in […]

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Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker in Stellenbosch, South Africa

A south African pioneer relaunches, Ntsiki Biyela’s Aslina

It is not that much of an exaggeration to say that Ntsiki Biyela is a South African winemaking legend. She was the first female black winemaker and has been featured for example on CNN and on Forbes (and on BKWine Magazine previously). After many years as winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch Ntsiki Biyela has now […]

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Vineyards on the slopes of Piedmont and an old village

The best Barolo and Barbaresco from the ”prima”

A convincing vintage of Barolo 2013 and despite a very difficult year for Barbaresco 2014 there are wines that surprise. Positively. The wines were presented in Alba during  the event Nebbiolo Prima, in Piedmont in early April. Over a hundred wines a day were tasted by some sixty invited wine journalists from around the world. […]

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The landscape around Glenwood Vineyards, Franschhoek

Glenwood Vineyards is hidden in a Franschhoek side valley; do try and find it!

Franschhoek can almost be too quaint, too pretty as a wine region. The wineries are dotted along the main road – the only road – along the valley like pearls on a string. They are surrounded by beautiful real estate developments where the villas have stunning views over the mountains. The village of Franschhoek itself […]

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Takis Soldatos, Oenoforos

From zero to one of Sweden’s biggest wine importers in 20 years | Per on Forbes

Today: “I produce 30 million bottles of wine”, Says Takis Soldatos, founder, owner and CEO of Oenoforos, a wine importer and wine producer. Yesterday: “I started in the wine business a long time ago working for a Greek wine entrepreneur and moved to Sweden to market his wines.” So how do you go from the […]

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Lauren Ackerman

Changing from horses to wine, Ackerman in Napa Valley

Lauren Ackerman attributes some of the success of Ackerman Family Vineyards in Napa on a Bill Harlan quote. When asked why he bought cult winery Screaming Eagle at a time when most people considered retiring, he answered, ”If I don’t do this now, when will I?” Ackerman, an equestrian-turned-vineyard owner, wine maker, and civic leader, […]

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An elegant Bordeaux wine cellar

Comments from happy customers on our wine tour to Bordeaux

It is always fun to hear from those who have travelled with us, to hear what they thought about our tour. Getting feedback is always positive. It is particularly nice when travellers seem to have liked what we did and appreciated all the experiences we arranged, vineyard visits, meetings with winemakers, wine tastings, gourmet meals […]

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Corks and capsules

The CEO of the world’s biggest cork producer meets BKWine | Per on Forbes

Just a few years ago, or perhaps mainly in the mid 90s and early 00s, corked wines were a big discussion subject. Some people reported 4-5% cork defects in wine, sometimes even 10%. We started to see serious “alternative closures”, mainly plastic corks and screw caps. Today that debate has mostly disappeared (although not quite […]

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The Walls Bottles

A young winery in Washington, The Walls

“Attorney Mike Martin wasn’t looking for a bend in the road of life when he and a pal stopped off in Walla Walla a few years ago to play some golf and drink some wine en route to business in Boise. But bend it does. At Walla Walla’s Wine Country golf course, Mike Martin hits […]

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