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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…

Zorah Wines: Depicting Armenia’s Ancient Wisdom

Zorah Karasi

Reading Time: To learn more about the wines of Armenia, check out Uncorking the Caucasus. To purchase Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, please go to our Amazon page. Zorah received its first international accolade right from the start: the inaugural Zorah Karasi (2010) was listed in Bloomberg’s Top Ten Wines of 2012. The winery…

Slovenian Wine: Atimo 2014 by Filip Koletnik

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 wines that are worth noting. 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 these wine…

2015 Lagvinari Wine from Georgia

Lagvinari Cellar

Reading Time: For a listing of articles and videos on Georgian wines and wine travel in Georgia, check out our page Uncorking the Caucasus. To purchase the Kindle or paperback copy of the book Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, please head to this Amazon product page. Thanks to the first annual UNWTO Conference on Wine…

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