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Tasting at Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell and Herrenhof Lamprecht

Reading Time: Special thanks to Tom Leitner who set up the appointment with these wineries and also acted as our guide.   Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell is located in Südsteiermark, perhaps the most celebrated area among the southern Austrian wine regions. The green rolling hills of this area are steep and make for…

A Crash Course On Biodynamic Austrian Wine

Austrian Wine Tasting

Reading Time: Wine brings people together, both from near and far. Charine met Tom Leitner on a natural wine Facebook group. After sharing a few messages, we realized that Tom shares a passion for Croatia and Croatian wine with us. He invited us to visit him in Austria and taste some of his favorite wines….

Marjan Simčič and Jakončič: Classically Styled Slovenian Wine

Marjan Simcic Vineyards

Reading Time: After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our tasting trip through Western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already lofty expectations. The standard of winemaking is outstanding and several producers are on par with some of the…

Consorzio San Michele, Superbia Vermentino Gallura Superiore 2015

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Hello! Welcome to As Drunk by Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature interesting wines that we encourage you to seek out. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or well-known wine regions. We hope that…

Tribidrag, Crljenak Kaštelanski, and Zinfandel: Same Grape, Different Name

Crljenak Kastelanski Tribidrag Zinfandel Stina Vineyard

Reading Time: In 2001, a team of researchers—led by Dr Carole Meredith from UC Davis and Dr Edi Maletić and Dr Ivan Pejić from the University of Zagreb—found nine remaining vines of Crljenak Kaštelanski (pronounce Tserl-yee-ehnak Kashh-tell-ann-skee) in a Croatian town called Kaštel Novi, near Split. The name Crljenak Kaštelanski aptly translates to “the red from Kaštela”. The…

Vranac Without Borders: 16 Wines to Try

vranac vranec montenegro macedonia serbia

Reading Time: The dark-skinned grape Vranac (pronounce Vrah-nahts) is largely believed to be indigenous to Montenegro but is also found in the surrounding areas such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia. Capable of producing high-quality and age-worthy reds, wines made from Vranac tend to be deeply colored and have juicy acidity. Vranac has a…

Kabaj and Movia: Slovenian Wines with Big Personalities

Movia Vineyards

Reading Time: After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our trip through Western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already lofty expectations. The quality of winemaking in Slovenia is outstanding and several producers are on par with some of…

See You in Serbia #Winelover Trip

winelover see you in serbia

Reading Time: We had a fantastic time at the (Facebook) #winelover’s See You In Serbia trip. Having spent nearly six months in the country, we consider ourselves rather familiar with Serbian wines. Because of that, we oscillated between “Let’s go. I’m excited!” and “Meh. I’m not sure if we will see, taste, or learn anything new.” In…

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