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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 over the years I have given speeches everywhere from private wineclubs, the national sommelier education, and I have also represented regulatory bodies in their respective embassies in Norway. I have also been involved in import, which has given me some insight in the thinking of producers, agents – and also how the Norwegian monopoly works.

As you understand, 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. So even if I have been involved in import, I have friends that are wine producers, who organize festivals – and people who work in official bodies. But I can assure you that when I describe a wine I do my best to give you my most honest opinion. I don’t believe in points for wine (nor for music), 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 30 year old writings to use it against me. I think we as a wine drinking people have come a long way since then. 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.

Above all, Wine Chords is a blog that is constantly playing around, searching for harmony in the wilderness of wine.

About the indication of prices
I live in Norway. But I also travel quite a lot, and the wines I write about can in theory be found somewhere between anywhere and nowhere. To state the prices is problematic because of several factors such as varying tax levels between countries, transport costs and promotional prices (often within the same country), and so on. So it’s highly indicative, and I will not list the exact price. I don’t want this to be so difficult that it ruins the joy. So, everything taken into consideration, I suggest a compromise, and untill somebody comes up with something better I have chosen to list the prices in three categories:

low: <200 NOK (<15€/15£/20$)

medium: 200-400 NOK (15-30€/15-30£/20-40$)

high: >400 NOK (>30€/>30£/>40$)


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  1. Massimiliano marchi
    Massimiliano marchi 10. January 2017

    Dear Mr. Johansen good afternoon,

    I am Marchi Massimiliano owner of the Marchi Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Italy since 1910.

    I take a look at your blog and I take the liberty to sudmit to your kind attention (I hope not to disturb you!).

    Marchi Vinegar is a FAMILY COMPANY.

    We are not an industry so we decided to do not sell to ipermarket and/or supermarket but just to the specialized wine shops.

    I invite you to take a look at our website and let me know your free comments.

    Thanking you very much in advance and waiting your kind reply,

    Best Regards

  2. Vidar Kenneth Johansen
    Vidar Kenneth Johansen 22. March 2017

    Dear Mr. Massimiliano,
    Thanks for your message. Sorry that my reply is delayed, but this is a bit outside my field. I have met many producers of Italian gourmet products at the VinItaly fair though (maybe you too?). From what I can see it looks like a serious project, and I see that it’s sold abroad too (like in the UK for instance). I wish you the best of luck! Hope you don’t mind I move it from this page to another, as it really isn’t so much about me. 🙂
    Best regards,

  3. Joshua Van Den Eeden
    Joshua Van Den Eeden 2. July 2017

    Hi Vidar, this is Joshua Van Den Eeden and must say it was great meeting the two of you the other day. You did not say anything about the music part of your life . My wife Seita is a great singer ( blues, jazz, pop) and sings weekly during the Fall- Winter with her band Seita & Friends in los Boliches to an appreciative audience in Restaurante Kukko. Could be fun for you to join in…

    • Vidar Kenneth Johansen
      Vidar Kenneth Johansen 2. July 2017

      Hi Joshua, It was indeed great meeting you too! You are right, I divide my time about 50-50 between wine and music. I always bring a horn in my luggage, always ready to jam.

  4. Jan Sorensen
    Jan Sorensen 27. March 2020

    Thks for words about the Setera from Arribes. Is it ok to use the 2 photos (entrance + Paxti) in an article underways and in my blog…
    Thks in advance.

    • Vidar Kenneth Johansen
      Vidar Kenneth Johansen 26. June 2020

      Hello Jan,
      I’m really sorry for this late reply! I have to say that the pandemic laid a huge black blanket over almost everything…
      Thanks for your kind words! Of course you can use the pictures. If you find a way to credit it’s fine, but only if it fits in with your site.
      Vidar Kenneth

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