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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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An elegant Bordeaux wine cellar

Bordeaux: a great classic experience | wine tour

Bordeaux is a classic wine district that is a must on a wine lovers’ travel bucket list. On our wine tour to Bordeaux, you will get to know both small family chateaux and big, world-famous prestigious chateaux. Our lunches, that we have at some of the chateaux we visit, are unforgettable. We will take you […]

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Stuart George with Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1945

The Mouton Mystery: Chateau Mouton-Rothschild 1945, fake or real?

“Broadbent described Mouton 1945 as ‘a Churchill of a wine’, and not just in reference to the wine itself, either. An Art Deco label was commissioned from the poster artist Carlu for the 1924 Mouton vintage. To commemorate the end of the war, 1945 was the second vintage of Mouton to feature a bespoke label, […]

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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 cellar with oak barrels

Bordeaux: chateaux, wines and a long history | wine tour

Seeing all the well-known Bordeaux chateaux in real life is a great experience. Some of them are very impressive. However, some of the most famous ones, like Château Petrus or Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, are small and not so imposing but when you know the price of the wines you are a bit impressed anyway. Many chateaux […]

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Bordeaux, April 10-14, 2019

Bordeaux, April 10-14, 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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Old wine bottles resting in the cellar

Bordeaux wine, wine for laying down but also, of course, for drinking | wine tour

Many wine consumers associate Bordeaux wines with tannins and a long ageing. On our wine tour in Bordeaux in October you will discover for yourself if this is still true. During our tastings at high-class chateaux you will discover both young Bordeaux wines and older ones. What you prefer is a matter of personal taste. […]

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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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An elegant Bordeaux wine cellar

The gourmet city of Bordeaux, that also makes wine | wine tour

It is perhaps not surprising that Bordeaux is among France’s top destinations if you want to eat delicious food. Here you will find top- quality French gastronomy, at least on the lunches that we have on our wine tour to Bordeaux. They are often at one of the chateaux that we visit, yet they are […]

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The barrel cellar at Chateau Dauphine in Bordeaux

What a wine consultant in Bordeaux really does, with Stéphane Courrèges | Britt on Forbes

Is the consultant oenologist the most important person in the Bordeaux wine cellars? Maybe, maybe not, but few Bordeaux chateaux nowadays make their wines without one. One of these consultants is Stéphane Courrèges whom we met recently when he was in Paris for the day. Sometimes they are simply called “wine consultants” or even “flying […]

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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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A road sign for Beaune in the vineyards

Burgundy, the Quintessence of a Wine Region

Wine touring in Burgundy is an experience filled with wine, food, beauty and history Burgundy… Say it. Feel it. Taste it. The word evokes a very special wine country and a very special wine. It makes me think of gently rolling hills. Vineyards all the way to the horizon. Winding roads. Small villages. Unique wines […]

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

Bordeaux: 7000 “castles” and lots of vineyards | wine tour

Bordeaux is one of France’s largest wine regions with 112 000 hectares of vineyards. There are about 7000 chateau (“castles”). Everyone does not make their own wine. Some sell their grapes to a negociant or belong to a cooperative. The chateaux exist in all sizes and looks. Some are no more than a regular little […]

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In the famous vineyard

Burgundy: a short introduction to grapes and appellations

La Côte d’Or of Burgundy Some of the most unique wines in the world – reds and white – come from Burgundy. A well-made red Bourgogne (or Burgundy wine if you prefer), made from the elusive pinot noir grape variety, is a wine of elegance, hardly found anywhere else. The fruity aromas are mixed with […]

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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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