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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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Ripe merlot on the vines in the vineyard in Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

A Successful Wine And Marketing Strategy For Bordeaux, Les Côtes | Per on Forbes

“A little bit over ten years ago a group of winemakers in Bordeaux decided to band together to be more effective in marketing their wines. They created Les Côtes de Bordeaux, or simply Les Côtes. It is one of the rare occasions when French appellations have been simplified to make it easier for the consumer, […]

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Clos Fourtet, Saint Emilion, Bordeaux

Bordeaux: great wines, elegant city, fantastic gastronomy | wine tour

Bordeaux is not only France’s most well-known wine region but also France’s most elegant city. We stay here during our Bordeaux tour in April. From Bordeaux you can easily reach the chateaux of Médoc, Saint Emilion, Pessac-Léognan and so on. In April the vines have just started to grow again and we will have plenty […]

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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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Old bottles of wine in a cellar

Bordeaux: beautiful chateaux and prestigious wines | wine tour

Bordeaux has some very beautiful chateaux, that’s no surprise. What is less known is that some are small family-owned chateaux with the owner-winemaker family doing all the work. Others are big and impressive. We visit both these categories and we taste new and older vintages of classic Bordeaux wines. Our fantastic chateaux lunches are memorable. […]

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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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Corton Charlemagne Bonneau de Martray 2016 and 1999

Exclusive top Burgundy in new and old version: Corton from Bonneau du Martray

“On the Corton Hill in the northern part of Côte de Beaune you can find the largest grand cru vineyard in Burgundy, Corton. Here both red and white wines are produced. On those parts of the hill that are considered best for white wines, the appellation the appellation is Corton-Charlemagne. The largest vineyard owner on […]

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Domaine Goisot, Burgundy

Organic and biodynamic wines from Domaine Goisot in Burgundy

“Domaine Goisot is run by the eighth generation and is managed by Guilhem Goisot and his wife Marie. The domaine develops and is refined through, among other things, a modern approach to wine. In the early 2000s they took a stand to leave completely (synthetic) pesticides and since 2007 they are organically and biodynamically certified. […]

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