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Two glasses of champagne, white and rosé

Champagne should be served in the right glasses | wine tour

If you order a glass of champagne in France, you often ask for “une coupe de champagne”. A coupe is – in principle – the big champagne glass, shaped like a flat bowl and pretty hopeless to drink from. It was popular in the old days but actually it has made a small comeback. But […]

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Bottles in pupitres in an underground cellar in Champagne

Champagne stories and history enhances the wine experience | wine tour

About 2 billion bottles of sparkling wine are produced in the world each year. Champagne accounts for 15% of this volume. The demand for bubbles has increased by 30% in ten years and it shows no sign of slowing down. Champagne’s competitors are getting better and better. But we definitely believe that Champagne will retain […]

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Bottles in a pupitre in the cellar of Champagne J Lassalle

Three generations of pioneers at Champagne J Lassalle | Britt on Forbes

Champagne J. Lassalle started to export to the United States already in the 1970s. It was one of the first independent Champagne growers to be sold in the US. Today, a big part of the family’s production goes to the US market. The estate is run by Angéline Templier and her mother Chantal Lassalle. Grandmother […]

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Bottles in pupitres in an underground cellar in Champagne

Exceptional champagnes from small growers give you more bang for the buck

There are around 3000 small champagne producers, growers and similar, but only about 300 so-called “houses”. The “houses” are the big, well-known brands but it is mainly among the others, the small producers that you today find the most exciting champagnes. The market is of course dominated by the marketing-driven big and famous brands but […]

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Vineyards in Chablis

“No thanks, not Chardonnay, but yes please, a glass of chablis”

The wine producers in Chablis love the Swedes and the Swedes love Chablis. So it is. Eight percent of the production in Chablis is gobbled up in a Swedish home, in the sailboat, on the beach or on a picnic. Although the wine producer himself may have a moderate interest in geography, Sweden, thanks to […]

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After a long tasting in a grand chateau in Bordeaux

Enjoy exclusive wines and top-class gastronomy | wine tour to Bordeaux

In a way it is strange. Bordeaux is not really known for any gastronomic specialties. Well, yes, there are oysters from Arcachon, Pauillac lamb and grilled entrecote. But still, it is a fairly modest, and not very original, collection of “typical” dishes. What makes it even stranger is that it is probably in Bordeaux that […]

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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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Enjoying lunch with the winemaker in a cellar in Bordeaux

Prestige chateaux and family vineyards in Bordeaux | wine tour

On the Bordeaux wine tour we will visit Medoc, Saint Emilion, Sauternes and other famous appellations. You will see some luxurious show-piece chateau but also “the real” Bordeaux where a family runs the vineyard and live in the so-called chateau. The harvest is either in full swing or has just finished so there will 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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In the barrel cellar at a prestigious Bordeaux chateau

Prestige chateaux and family vineyards in Bordeaux | wine tour

Touring Bordeaux is something a wine lover must do at least once. During the tour we will visit grand and well-known prestige chateaux, but also smaller family producers. We will have gastronomic lunches at chateaux with matching wines, sometimes older vintages. Our wine tour lunches are famous. This is a golden opportunity to discover or […]

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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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Decanting for the tasting in a grand chateau in Bordeaux

Gastronomic surprises in Bordeaux | wine tour

The food in Bordeaux offers some surprises. Did you know, for example, that the most popular cheese in Bordeaux is brébis des pyrénées, a sheep cheese from the Pyrenees? And that this is the only cheese in France that you serve with jam? (No, it is not really customary to serve something sweet, jelly or […]

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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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Bordeaux, October 2-6, 2019

Bordeaux, October 2-6, 2019

Bordeaux, a classic wine tour destination! Luxurious châteaux and ambitious winemakers! — In Bordeaux you find world famous châteaux and world famous wines but also a lot of new exciting initiatives – less famous but maybe more important for the future of Bordeaux! – and young enthusiastic wine makers. On this trip we will visit […]

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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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The barrel cellar, Bordeaux

Bordeaux: Classic and stylish, but brimming with new ideas| wine tour

Bordeaux is one of France’s biggest wine regions and the biggest for quality wines. More or less all wines that are made here are AOP wines, appellation d’origine protégée. But despite this fact, you find in Bordeaux wines at all price levels. Bordeaux has many faces and we will discover some of them during our […]

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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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