“Hygge” (pronounced HEW-gah) is a Danish word that translates roughly as “well-being.” It describes the purposeful creation of a cozy indoor atmosphere, with candlelight, glowing hearths, close friends, good wine and food that help them through their long, dark winters.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Around the world in the north, it’s the season to drink hearty wines, warming wines, wines with a little boost of alcohol to give us comfort and the will to carry on. Wines that might seem too heavy in August.
Cabernet Shiraz India It’s time for comfort wines and the comfort foods that go with them — meatloaf, mac ‘n’ cheese, beef-and-bean chili, savory stews with their beckoning dose of umami.
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Wine-lovers who live in the United States are blessed. No other country in the world has access to such a wide range of bottles — wines great and small, bargain-priced and preposterously expensive, classic and experimental; wines from every region of Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and more and from countries many people don't even realize produce wine (Switzerland, Turkey, Lebanon, Mexico, India, Japan); and of course wines from all over the United States, from the major players like California, Washington, Oregon, and New York to a roster of states with small but sometimes promising production, from Alabama to Wyoming.
Sauvignon Blanc All this wine means that there are many, many thousands of labels in the American wine market today, from many, many thousands of wineries around the globe. Some estimates put the number of individual commercial wine producers internationally as high as two million! That may be an exaggeration, but there are at least 8,000 in the U.S. and 28,000 in France — and Italy boasts some 900,000 registered vineyards (not every one corresponding to a winery, of course, but still…).
Chenin Blanc Restaurant of the Year . Now, for the first time, we are honoring a Winery of the Year, as well. Reflecting the availability of wines from just about everywhere on our wine shop shelves and restaurant wine lists, we threw the field open to the whole world.
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BARBOURSVILLE, Va. — A viticulturist educated in El Salvador and battle tested in California’s Napa Valley has been named “Grower of the Year” by the Virginia Vineyards Association.
Rosé Barboursville Vineyards ‘ Fernando Franco was honored at the Virginia Vineyards Association Winter Technical Meeting Friday in Charlottesville. Franco said the secret to his success is treating the vines with respect.
Sauvignon Blanc “Our Estate has achieved world-class status in the world of wine because of people like Fernando Franco, who has passion for the vine and an understanding that we are farmers at heart,” Barboursville Vineyards winemaker and general manager Luca Paschina said.
We got into wine, gastronomy and travel for passion. We love what we do and want to share it with you. “We” means Per and Britt, husband and wife team, Swedish nationals but based in Paris since long, very long. We have contributed to numerous wine publications and now publish our own online wine ezine, BKWine Magazine. Our five wine books have won national and international awards, e.g. Best Wine Book in the World for Professionals. We also run a wine travel business, BKWine Tours (listed as “world’s best wine tours”), that takes us travelling around the world’s wine regions a third of the year. We both visit some 200 wineries each year. Britt has been listed on Wine Business International’s Wine Media Power List and Per was in a previous life Vice President of an international tech company. Oh yes, we also have one of the world’s biggest wine photography collections at BKWine Photography. You can connect with us through one of our BKWine sites, or on Facebook, or on twitter @bkwineper.
Cabernet Shiraz Contact Per and Britt Karlsson The author is a Forbes contributor. The opinions expressed are those of the writer.
Rosé wines at very reasonable prices. The region is thriving with so many exciting wine producers you hardly know where to turn.
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