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Bottles in pupitres in an underground cellar in Champagne

The unknown side of Champagne is the best side | wine tour

Champagne is not just the famous “houses”. Champagne is above all the small producers who make wine with passion and enthusiasm. The two largest (world famous) producers make 30 and 12 million bottles annually. Large-scale. That is one of the reasons why, on our travel program, we mainly have producers that you might not be […]

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Bottles in pupitres in an underground cellar in Champagne

Champagne is prestige but also magnificent wines | wine tour

People all over the world drink more and more sparkling wine. Everything is not champagne, far from it. Champagne accounts for 15% of the volume but 40% of the value. Champagne is prestige, champagne has a special aura, and why it is so you will understand better when you are there. We will taste many […]

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Champagne as aperitif

Champagne, for drinks and for dinners | wine tour

Champagne is a wine for parties and cocktails but it is also a wine to drink with food. Have you tried it? During this tour we will learn how to combine champagne with food. We will eat fabulous lunches with champagne throughout. But you will learn a lot more. The whole production process for instance. […]

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Bottles resting in a cellar in Champagne

Champagne, small growers and big houses | wine tour

You want to buy a bottle of champagne from a small grower? Look for the letters RM on the bottle, often in small print, very small. RM means récoltant-manipulant in French and this indicates that the producer has used only his own grapes and has produced the champagne in his own winery. We like to […]

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Bottles of champagne “sur lattes” in a wine cellar

Champagne, an exciting success story | wine tour

Champagne is a success story and the region has a long and exciting history. Much has happened since the first bubbles were discovered! The technology has been refined, rules have been written and now Champagne is one of the most controlled wine regions in the world. And one of the most sought-after wines. Throughout the […]

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View over La Marne with vineyards and a village, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne

Champagne, the real thing | wine tour

Does “real Champagne” exist? No! Either it is Champagne or it is not. There are many sparkling wines in the world but only one that comes from the region of Champagne. And nothing else can be called Champagne. But it used to be common practice that whenever people drank wine with bubbles, they drank “Champagne”, […]

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Champagne, September 11-15, 2019

Champagne, September 11-15, 2019

Champagne wine tour: luxury and gastronomy on the highest level — Nothing else in the world of wine brings out the festive feeling as champagne does. But on this wine tour we will discover that champagne is so much more than a drink just for celebrations. It is above all a very exclusive and delicious […]

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A village, vineyards and cyclist in the Montagne de Reims, Champagne

A new champagne house aims for the premium segment, Frerejean Frères

Starting a brand new champagne house is probably not easy. The process to make champagne is very outdrawn, with substantial capital costs, and there’s a fierce competition with high-budget marketing. But the brothers Guillaume, Rodolphe and Richard Frerejean took the challenge. In 2005 they founded the house Champagne Frerejean Frères and they have managed to […]

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Champagne as aperitif

New tour this fall: A wine tour to Champagne like no other!

We will have a new wine tour to Champagne this autumn. The dates are September 11 to 15, at the very beginning of autumn. It’s a tour that the champagne lover really should not miss. Filled with delicious wines and luxurious food. There are many ways to do a wine tour of Champagne. You can […]

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Bottles sur lattes, in a cellar in Champagne

Can we once and for all establish what is true and correct about brut, sec-dry, demi-sec etc?

Some myths or mistakes are more persistent than others. One of these is how much sugar champagne and other sparkling wines contain. Time and again, incorrect numbers are repeated, in articles, on the internet, and even in books (even the newest ones). It is hardly a life-changing issue, but if you really want to explain […]

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The barrel cellar, Bordeaux

Wine tours with BKWine autumn-fall 2019

We are in the process of finalising the autumn-fall wine tour program for 2019. It will be a short selection of a few of the world’s best wine tour destinations that you can choose from. Here is the preliminary list of wine regions and dates for the autumn 2019: Champagne, September 11-15 Bordeaux, October 2-6 […]

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Taking a barrel sample for tasting

A daring tasting with base wines from Palmer & Co’s Blanc de Noirs

When you produce champagne you always start by making a still wine without bubbles. This “base wine” is bottled with some yeast and sugar, and thus the bubbles are made. Few people get the chance to taste these still base wines, for good reasons. They can be difficult to understand and appreciate because they usually […]

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OIV book prize awards 2018, Britt Karlsson and Regina Vanderlinde

Our book “Champagne, the wine and the growers” wins awards by OIV and by Gourmand International

In the past year, our latest book “Champagne, the wine and the growers” (“Champagne, vinet och odlarna” in the original language) has been acclaimed and won prizes in two prestigious contexts, by the OIV, the International Organization of Vine and Wine in Paris, and by Gourmand International in China. “Champagne, the wine and the growers” […]

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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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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 village and vineyards in Vallee de la Marne, Champagne

Champagne goes with everything | wine tour

On our tour to Champagne you will discover many things about this bubbly wine. Not least the fact that you can drink it through an entire meal. You can actually combine champagne with many things since there are so many different styles of champagnes. The elegant style made from 100 % Chardonnay, the powerful style […]

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Some champagne for aperitif before lunch

Full throttle in Champagne this fall | wine tour

Champagne is the world’s most famous sparkling wine, even though Prosecco has overtaken champagne counted in volume. Champagne immediately brings to mind festivity and luxury, but today more and more people find that there is no need for a party to open a bottle of champagne. But maybe it becomes a party when the bottle […]

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Vineyards in Champagne

Harvest time in Champagne | wine tour

In Champagne in late September the harvest is probably in full swing (but it depends on the weather). There will be a lot of activity in the vineyards and in the cellars. This is an interesting time to visit the wine region and we will get to know some of the secrets of champagne on […]

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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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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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