24 Scandinavian Wine and Spirit Producers Already Registered for the BKWine Scandinavian Wine Fair and Competition in Paris on February 11, 2006

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Already two months before the event, 24 Scandinavian wine and spirit producers have registered for the BKWine Scandinavian Wine Fair in Paris and the Wine & Spirit Competition. The 24 producers come from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. They make wine and spirits in 7 different countries around the world, both in Scandinavia and in more “traditional” wine countries. The Scandinavian Wine Fair will take place on February 11, 2006, 11.00-18.00 (11AM to 6PM) at the Swedish Club in Paris on 242 rue Rivoli, next to the Louvre Museum. The wine fair is open both to professionals and to wine enthusiasts from the public. Full information is available on the Web site http://www.bkwine.com/international/in_english.htm.

Already two months before the event, 24 Scandinavian wine and spirit producers have registered for the BKWine Scandinavian Wine Fair in Paris and the Wine & Spirit Competition. The 24 producers come from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. They make wine and spirits in 7 different countries around the world, both in Scandinavia and in more “traditional” wine countries. The Scandinavian Wine Fair will take place on February 11, 2006, 11.00-18.00 (11AM to 6PM) at the Swedish Club in Paris on 242 rue Rivoli, next to the Louvre Museum. The wine fair is open both to professionals and to wine enthusiasts from the public. Full information is available on the web site http://www.bkwine.com/international/in_english.htm.

Britt Karlsson, the organiser of the fair, says: “It is wonderful to already have so many participants. We have had a great response from the wine makers. Since we are still two months away from the event I think we will have a record number of exhibitors this time! In particular, I am glad to see that so many new producers have already signed up to the show. We know of just over one hundred Scandinavian producers around the world and it’s amazing that a third of those will participate in the Wine Fair!”

Britt continues on the Wine & Spirits Competition: “This will be very exciting. It is a world’s first: a competition for ‘Scandinavian’ wines and spirits. We will have a jury of international wine experts who will judge the wines and the best will of course be awarded medals.”

All Scandinavian countries, except Iceland, are represented: 6 Norwegian producers, 9 Swedish producers, 3 Finnish producers and 6 Danish.

The wines and spirits that will be presented are produced in 7 different countries: France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, the United States, and Bulgaria.

Britt comments: “I am particularly glad to see more Finnish and Norwegian producers this year. Last time the Wine Fair was a bit dominated by Denmark and Sweden. And I think we will get a few more producer countries on the list before 11 February – maybe Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Chile,…”

Here is the list of the currently registered exhibitors at the Scandinavian Wine Fair:

Producer -- Region -- ”Country of Origin”

Birkedal-Hartman -- Cognac, France -- Norway

Château K -- Bergerac, France -- Norway

Rey Fernando de Castilla -- Sherry, Jerez, Spain -- Norway

Georg Breuer -- Rheingau, Germany -- Sweden

Profils Bordeaux -- Bordeaux, France -- Norway

Château Carsin -- Bordeaux, France -- Finland

Château Lecusse -- Gaillac, France -- Denmark

Gute Vineyard -- Gotland, Sweden -- Sweden

Vinmand -- France -- Denmark

Cellier des Dominicains -- Collioure, Roussillon, France -- Sweden

Château Champcenetz -- Bordeaux, France -- Denmark

Château Peyriac de Mer -- Languedoc, France -- Denmark

Domaine Gachot-Monot -- Bourgogne, France -- Denmark

Abbaye de Ste-Radegonde -- Muscadet, Loire, France     -- Finland

Château Clarettes-Domaine du Saint Esprit -- Provence, France -- Sweden

Finca La Molineta -- Spain -- Finland

Château de Costis -- Bordeaux, France -- Sweden

Jenssen Cognac -- Cognac, France -- Norway

Domaine Pialentou -- Gaillac, France -- Sweden

Nangijala Vineyard -- Skåne, Sweden -- Sweden

Villa Sandahl -- Hungary -- Sweden

Château Raissac -- Languedoc, France -- Norway

Château Kirwan -- Margaux, Bordeaux, France -- Denmark

Lars Torstensson (Domaine Rabiega, Hedges Family Vineyard, Vinzavod Assenovgrad) -- Provence, France; USA; Bulgaria -- Sweden

Louise Agerman, director of the Swedish Club in Paris and co-organiser of the Wine Fair, comments: ”It looks like a very exciting and varied bunch of producers. From well known names and famous chateaux, like Château Kirwan in Bordeaux and Lars Torstensson in Provence, to lesser known producers like for example Château K in Bergerac or Villa Sandahl in Hungary.”

More information about the 3rd BKWine Scandinavian Wine Fair in Paris and the 1st Scandinavian Wine & Spirit Competition is available on the Wine Fair web site: http://www.bkwine.com/winefair/winefair-2006.htm. It also has a continually updated list of exhibitors.

Note:

BKWine also organises wine tours, http://www.bkwine.com/wine_tours/wine_tours.htm, and does wine writing and photography, http://www.bkwine.com/bkwine_brief/bkwine_brief.htm.

More information about the Scandinavian Wine Fair in Paris is available on

http://www.bkwine.com/winefair/winefair.htm.

Press photos are available for download here:

http://www.bkwine.com/diverse/swf-press-pictures/swf-press-pictures.htm

Contact:

Britt Karlsson, ph 00 33 1 58 88 04 66, mob 00 33 6 80 45 35 70,

Per Karlsson, ph 00 33 6 83 51 12 53

About BKWine:

51, rue du Chevalier de la Barre, F-92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris), France, +33 6 80 45 35 70, http://www.bkwine.com.

BKWine is managed by Britt Karlsson, a Swede living in Paris. She is one of the few Swedes working internationally with wine education and wine journalism and is also a very experienced organiser of wine tours. She started her business in the early 1990s and focuses on France. Since 1995 she publishes a private newsletter called “VinNytt” with articles on wine. The same year she launched one of the first Scandinavian wine Web sites: http://www.bkwine.com, which is now bilingual (English-Swedish). She also publishes an email newsletter – the BKWine Brief – which in a short time has grown to become one of the largest newsletters in Scandinavia and among expatriates. “The Brief” is also available in English – for free. Britt is completely independent of wine producers and of the wine trade. She is a member of the British Circle of Wine Writers, the International Wine and Food Society and numerous other wine and gastronomic organisations.

About The Swedish Club – ”Le Cercle Suédois” – in Paris

Cercle Suédois, 242, rue Rivoli, F-75001 Paris, France, +33 1 42 60 76 67, http://www.cercle-suedois.com
Contact: Louise Agerman, director

Restaurant Rivoli at the Swedish Club: ph 01 42 60 40 22, fax 01 42 61 46 06, http://www.restaurantrivoli.se.

The Cercle Suédois was founded in 1891 and is a meeting point for Swedes and other Scandinavians living in Paris. The Club is housed in a prestigious building overlooking the Louvre and Tuileries gardens. The Club organises cultural and business events, debates on current issues, as well as more social gatherings. The Club also has a restaurant, Le Restaurant Rivoli, managed by Kajsa von Sydow. They serve both Scandinavian specialities and Franco-Scandinavian creations, with wines chosen in collaboration with Britt Karlsson/BKWine.

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