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Hey, do you want to learn about new and exciting wines?

Yes? Maybe? You’re at the right place! Exotic Wine Travel wants to be your resource for learning more about lesser-known wine regions and exotic wines. This website is intended for wine lovers who have an open mind, a curious attitude, and an adventurous palate.

For over two years now, we’ve been on the road full-time exploring the world through the vines. So far, we’ve traveled through the wine regions of Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, USA, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Mexico, and Cyprus. We share our wine travel experiences and the excellent finds from these unique wine regions in our articles, books, videos, and social media updates. This page will serve as a glossary and help you find the information you need.

How did we end up… like this?

The genesis of Exotic Wine Travel is depicted in our article, The Story of Exotic Wine Travel after 20 Months on the Road. If you are interested in a location-independent lifestyle or long-term travel, our articles The Start of Something New and Reflection: Long-Term Travel and the Journey to Becoming Location Independent may be of interest to you.

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You can also learn more about us on, well, the About Us page. We’re lacking a bit of copywriting wizardry here.

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We write about our experiences in these interesting wine regions

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Every week, there are at least two new articles posted on our homepage. You can access the articles by using the drop down menu under “Categories” on the top right corner of this page.

Our most popular categories:
American Wine (New articles on Santa Barbara County will be out soon!)
Armenian Wine
Croatian Wine
Cypriot Wine
Georgian Wine
Italian Wine (New articles on Friuli-Venezia Giulia will be out soon!)
Macedonian Wine
Mexican Wine
Serbian Wine
Turkish Wine
Wine Education

At the end of each article, you’ll see a list of tags that indicate the grape varieties mentioned in the post. You can click on the tag to read more about a specific variety.

Exotic Wine Travel is a website fully dedicated to wine and wine tourism. But before immersing ourselves into the wine world, we thought our focus would be on business training and personal development; we still have some of the old articles slotted under Personal Development. Once in awhile, we also write about travel experiences that are unrelated to wines, you can check them out on the Travel Adventures page.

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And we take you to those places with us

The Exotic Wine Travel YouTube channel aims to bring unique wine regions to life, and let our readers have a glimpse and feel of how wine travel is like in different parts of the world. The videos are also used to supplement our articles, social media updates, and books. Check out an example that we shot in Dalmatia, Croatia below.

Popular playlists on our YouTube channel:
American Wine
Armenian Wine
Bosnia-Herzegovinan Wine
Croatian Wine
Cypriot Wine (Coming Soon!)
Georgian Wine
Italian Wine (Friuli-Venezia Giulia Videos Coming Soon!)
Macedonian Wine
Mexican Wine
Montenegrin Wine
Serbian Wine
Guest Appearances On Other Shows

Sometimes, we score the wines we drink

To us, the most important thing about wine is the pleasure of enjoying it with families and friends. The second most important thing is learning to enjoy it and learning to enjoy more of it. Not only is wine personal, it is also an egalitarian product with huge price and flavor variations that cater to just about any budget and preference. Everyone is entitled to have their own expectation. As such, it is difficult to be 100% objective when scoring a wine. That said, friends and readers often request recommendations of specific producers and bottles, so we’ve scattered many suggestions throughout the website.  They’ve also asked for specific guidance when it comes to buying wine. 

This is why in March 2017, we introduced a five-point system to be included in most of our wine reviews. The five-point system is the same as Vivino, a social and wine-rating platform we use.

There are many subjective factors that influence the way we score a wine. Factors include our affinity for the producer, stylistic typicity, personal preference, and quality-price ratio. Regardless, as we’ve been told, a score would make an easy reference to represent the quality of a wine. So here you go:

We rate the wines using a 5-point system with one decimal place: 0———1———2———3———4———5
1 to 1.9: Poor
2 to 2.9: Below Average
3 to 3.9: Good
4.0 to 4.4: Very Good to Outstanding
4.5 to 5: Exceptional

As a reference,
If a wine receives ≥3.7: We are happy with the wine and would buy it again.
If a wine receives ≥4.2: We find that a wine of this score range would usually receive ≥90 points from wine judges/critics.
If a wine receives ≥4.5: It is an exceptional wine and we’d be raving about it.

For a wine to achieve ≥3.0 / good: It has to be balanced and well-made. It may lack complexity, flavor intensity, and/or length.
For a wine to achieve ≥4.0 / very good or outstanding: It has to be balanced. It contains a certain level of complexity, flavor intensity, and length.
For a wine to achieve ≥4.5  / exceptional: It has to be balanced, complex, and intense.  It also must have a long end palate and a precise structure.

Sometimes, we have random scribbles

During our last two years of winding through the vines, we’ve accumulated thousands of tasting notes on the unique wines we’ve drunk. Keep a lookout for this section which will be coming soon!

Sometimes, we manage to create coherent narratives based on those random notes

Our first book Travel Learn Earn: Let the World be Your Guide to Freedom was published in May 2015, right before we left Singapore and started traveling.

Our second book and first wine book, Uncorking the Caucasus: Wine from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, is also available on Amazon now. More information about this book and related articles are listed here. To purchase the Kindle or paperback copy of Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, please head to this Amazon product page.

Video Trailer – Uncorking the Caucasus

Our next print book on the wines of Croatia will be released in Q2 2017. In the meantime, watch out for our e-guide to Santa Barbara County, which will be available in the coming weeks. Also in the pipeline, we’ll be releasing materials on the wines of Baja, Mexico, as well as those from the Balkan countries. Stay tuned to our website for more information!

Will you join us on this journey?

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