About me and the blog
I am Vidar Kenneth Johansen, wine and music man.
I feel honored to have been with Vinforum, the oldest and most prestigious Norwegian wine magazine, since its foundation in 1986. I give lectures about wine, and in more recent years I have also imported a few. I have travelled in wine countries on various continents. More than anything, I have crossed the Iberian peninsula from east to west, from past to present, and if there is a Spanish or Portuguese village, then I want to see it, especially if there is something on the vine.
I believe nobody is totally independent, unless they don’t live in a society. In the strange land I live in we have a retail Monopoly, with sometimes apparently weird rules, so people employed in wine shops cannot taste wines together with me (I can taste together with them though). But although I import wines I can assure you that when I describe a wine I will do my best to give you my most honest opinion about it. I don’t believe in points for wine (nor for music); I am not impressed by any, and you will get none from me.
I am the first to admit that my taste has changed over the years, so please don’t plow through my first writings to use it against me. Agnostician, yes, but I am on a mission: I believe in organic wines, as natural as possible and with sustainability in mind. About biodynamics: The religion you can have, but if cowhorns and preparations work (which seems to be very likely) it’s perfectly ok by me.
I live in Norway, and while many of the wines I write about can be bought here, they are of course also found elsewhere. Therefore I have chosen to list the prices in three categories:
low: <200 NOK (<15€/15£/20$)
medium: 200-400 NOK (…30 €/30£/40$)
high: >400 NOK
This can be problematic in several factors such as varying tax levels in different countries, transport costs and promotional prices within the same country etc. So it’s highly indicative, and I will not list the exact price.
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