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Wine Academy Croatia: Advancing with WSET

Reading Time: Charine and I moved to Zagreb for a few months in late 2016/early 2017 to finish the research for our upcoming Croatian wine guide. It just so happened that there was a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course happening in Zagreb at the end of 2016. We decided to kill two birds…

More than Xynisteri: Indigenous White Wine Grapes of Cyprus

Cyprus Wine Bush Vines

Reading Time: Our favorite thing about traveling around the world for wine is tasting unique, indigenous varieties. That is why we jumped at the chance to visit Cyprus. With its long history of winemaking and isolation, many old grape varieties have survived there. The Cypriot wine industry is working hard to focus on their native…

Ronchi di Cialla and Moschioni: Wines of Friuli’s Indigenous Red Grapes

Michele Moschioni

Reading Time: Friuli-Venezia Giulia is arguably the source of Italy’s most exciting white wines. We were impressed with the whites when we visited, but beyond just the whites, we were also astonished by the diversity of the wine region. There are a shocking number of excellent red wines being made in Friuli. A good number…

Best of the VinArt Grand Tasting 2017: Part 2

Hungarian Wine Villanyi Franc

Reading Time: This is Part 2 of our article on the workshops at the second annual Vinart Grand Tasting. If you haven’t read Part 1, it’s worth taking a look at.   Tasting with the Godfather of Istria: Clai Winery Clai is perhaps our favorite producer in Croatia. Giorgio Clai and his wife ran a few restaurants…

Pheasant’s Tears Chitistvala 2015

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Welcome to As Drunk By Exotic Wine Travel, a new weekly column where we feature wines that are worth noting. The wines featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or more well-known wine regions. Sit back, grab a glass, and…

Gravner and Radikon: Italian Wines Without Compromise

Gravner Vineyard Friuli

Reading Time: Gravner and Radikon have been high on our “must visit” list for a long time. We are huge fans of the natural, macerated, qvevri wines in Georgia. While the Georgians have been making this style of wine for thousands of years, these two Friulian producers were the ones that pushed this style of…

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