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Three Macedonian Wineries of Note

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The second annual installation of Skopje Wine Salon – Vinodonia is happening on 1-2 December 2017, at Skopje Marriott Hotel. This year’s program includes master classes on the wines from three juggernauts: Chateau Kamnik Winery, Stobi Winery, and Tikveš Winery. These three wineries are also our top three favorite wineries in Macedonia. Here’s an introduction to these…

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

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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…

Zorah Wines: Depicting Armenia’s Ancient Wisdom

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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…

Amber Revolution: Orange Wine Now Gets A Voice (And Book)

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Reading Time: After writing about the history of orange wine (white wine made like red wine) and reviewing them for the last five years, Simon Woolf is finally taking the leap into authorship. Amber Revolution: How the World Learned to Love Orange Wine is a 250-page, full-color book that shares the history of orange wine (sometimes also…

Santa Barbara Wine Country: Appellations and Region’s Layout

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Located on the southern end of the Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara County is about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. The history of this wine country can be traced back to five million years ago. Tectonic activity thrust up a huge…

Vinarija Doja: Serbia’s New Vinous Star

Vinarija Doja Best Serbian Wine

Reading Time: Third time’s the charm; the proverb rings true in this case. I first tasted the Doja Prokupac at Vinodonia Skopje Wine Salon in November 2016 and a second time at Salon Vina Kragujevac in April 2017. It wasn’t until a month ago, when I finally had the pleasure of enjoying a whole bottle with Matt and…

10 Wines to Try in Santa Barbara County

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  At 3,729 square miles in size, Santa Barbara County offers unique topography and climatic diversity that give birth to six AVAs (American Viticultural Areas): Ballard Canyon, Happy Canyon, Los Olivos District, Santa Maria Valley, Sta. Rita Hills, and Santa Ynez Valley. The distance…

8 Tips for Visiting Santa Barbara Wine Country

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Santa Barbara County may be the most fascinating wine region in California. The types of wineries range from urban to micro, boutique, and family-owned, with varying levels of output that can be as little as a few hundred cases per year. The relatively…

Your Cheat Sheet to the Wines of Cyprus, Part I

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Reading Time: Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. Situated at the northeastern end of the Mediterranean basin, the country lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Due to its geographical position, Cyprus’s history is marked by turbulence and its culture is shaped by different…

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