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George Kassianos: The Godfather of Cypriot Wine

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Reading Time: George Kassianos is the president of the Cyprus Sommelier Association and the operations manager at Annabelle Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus. In February, together with Cyprus Tourism Organisation, Mr Kassianos put together a two-week long wine trip for us to research Cypriot wine and explore the culture of his motherland. In this interview, he shares with us…

How Do Top Croatian Wines Fare Against Italian Wines?

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Reading Time: In 2016, we spent three months in Croatia; and we’ll be returning to the country again in 2017 for a few more months to finish up the research and writing for our latest wine book entitled Cracking Croatia. During our stay, we wanted to organize a special tasting session for our Croatian friends,…

Brewer-Clifton: Combining Expertise, Gravitas, and Nature

Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  When visiting the small town of Lompoc, California, “wine ghetto” is probably the first thing that comes to a wine lover’s mind. Just do a google search for “Lompoc Wine” and you’ll see why and what dominates the first page of the search…

Miani: The Stuff Wine Dreams are Made of

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Reading Time: Several months ago as we were planning our trip to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, we posted on Antonio Galloni’s Vinous forum seeking suggestions for “only the best wineries in Friuli”. One member responded, “There can only be one… Miani.” Our fate is decided. Enzo Pontoni is the owner, vigneron, and winemaker at the garage winery Miani….

Vouni Panayia: Confidence in the Cypriot Wine Grapes

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Reading Time: We love wineries that showcase a country’s indigenous varieties. In Cyprus, about 80% of the vineyards are planted with ungrafted, native grape vines. Nearly every winery makes a wine out of the indigenous white grape Xynisteri. Increasingly, more producers are making red wine from the native grape Maratheftiko. However, most producers also have Chardonnay,…

Best of Vinart Grand Tasting 2017: Part 1

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Reading Time: The second annual Vinart Grand Tasting wine event was held at Lauba, a private-owned contemporary art gallery in Zagreb, at the end of February 2017. The event is the brainchild of renowned Croatian wine writer, Saša Špiranec. During the two weeks prior to the two-day public event, there was a series of masterclasses…

Tomac Winery: Leading the Charge in Croatia

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Reading Time: The Tomac winery and its seven-hectare vineyard plot are located in the small wine-growing region of Plešivica, a 30-minute drive southwest of Zagreb. It is often referred to as one of the—if not the most—refined sparkling wine producers in Croatia. The Tomac family has been making wine for over 200 years. Today, Tomislav Tomac,…

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