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Big Macedonian Wines from Chateau Kamnik

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(Reading Time: ) Macedonia aka the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is not the same as the Macedonian region of Northern Greece. This independent country has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 13th century B.C. It sits in a magical area for viticulture; the country’s location is at the confluence of…

Prokupac from South-Central Serbia

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Reading Time: When we commenced our ex-Yugoslavia trip, we chose to start with Serbia, end with Croatia, and sandwich the other countries in between. There was no outside information on Serbia wine and our expectations for it could not be any lower. We were completely shocked by what we tasted. Serbia’s wine industry consists of…

Cabernet Cult Wine from… Virginia?

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Reading Time: How can an American wine be exotic? Besides New York state, can great wine, or even cult wine, be made on the East Coast? One winery says that it can be done and has been building up good press over the last few years. The Washington Post published an article in 2015 where…

Wine Travel and Lessons in Wine

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(Reading Time: ) My apologies, it has been a while since we last posted any original material. Our focus lately has been on our YouTube channel and merging The Blue Roster and Exotic Wine Travel. There are many exciting projects in the works, so stay tuned. This last year has been an incredible foray into the…

Galicia and the Other Spanish Wines

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(Reading Time: ) You have three seconds to answer this question: Which country has the largest area of vineyards planted? Do you have the answer? Most people equate France with wine, and since France is a relatively good sized country, it makes sense that France could be the answer. Another common answer is Italy, since every…

Travel Lessons: From Quitting a Lucrative Career to Chasing a Dream

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(Reading Time: ) Seven months have now passed since Charine and I both left our very lucrative jobs in Singapore to travel around the world. We left a comfortable life to chase our dream of building a location-independent business, to live all over the world, to experience diverse cultures, to eat great food and to…

Douro Wine: The Unknown Red From A Known Location

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Reading Time: We rode the rail line along the Atlantic Ocean. The train hugged the bank of the river as it twisted and turned, hanging on to the track and inching deep into a steep gorge. Finally, we arrived at the Douro Valley, tucked away in a corner of Western Europe—a place where mountains shot…

Etna: Wine on Fire

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(Reading Time: ) There are sixteen mountains around the world that are classified as “Decade Volcanoes”. A mountain qualifies for that title when it is located close to heavily populated areas and when it has a history of large eruptions. In the South Mediterranean, there is one example of these special forces of nature. It…

Up close and Personal: Lighthouse of the Mediterranean

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(Reading Time: ) We were in the middle of the sea, staring into the darkness at a pit spewing a fountain of fire. It wasn’t a serene moment, Charine and I shared the view with about sixty people. We weren’t at wuthering heights, the peak was a pedestrian 924-meter high. It wasn’t bitterly cold, although…

The Start of Something New

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(Reading Time: ) I cannot believe that it is all over… After nearly six years of practicing chiropractic in Southeast Asia, I chose to move on. Move on from what though? Things were going fantastic. I had a big and successful practice, great friends, a great relationship with Charine, and a handsome income. It was…

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