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Croatian Wine: Ten Istrian Red Wine Blends To Try

Croatian Wine Istrian Red

Reading Time: Istria is a heart shaped peninsula located at the top of the Adriatic Sea. It changed hands many times throughout its history, belonging to the Venetians, Austrian Empire, Italy, and Yugoslavia. Today, most of the peninsula is within the borders of Croatia. Traveling through the peninsula, it is hard to ignore the Italian…

Fruška Gora: The Innovative Serbian Wine Region

Fruska Gora Serbian Wine

Reading Time: North Serbia is home to what is perhaps the most experimental wine region in the country. Ironically it is one of its oldest wine regions as well, a place where Marcus Aurelius ordered vines to be planted 1700 years ago. For modern producers, what is old is new again. The Fruška Gora hill runs…

Croatian Wine: Nine Top Bordeaux Blends

Croatian Bordeaux Blends

Reading Time: The magical pairing of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Coveted around the world and present in nearly every winemaking country. The two grapes hail from Bordeaux, France and are celebrated by wine lovers the world over. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot just work well together in wine, it’s a synergy comparable to peanut butter and…

Undervalued Croatian Wine Region: Slavonia Part 1

enjingi cellar

Reading Time: Many wine geeks have heard of Slavonia but not for the wine itself. Many Italian wine producers prefer Slavonian oak to French oak. This oak isn’t from the country Slovenia but a region in Northeast Croatia. The Slavonian Kingdom was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. The land covered much of what is today,…

G&J Vina Tvoja krv i moja: Croatian Bordeaux Blend

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Hello! Welcome to As Drunk by Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature interesting wines that we encourage you to seek out. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or well-known wine regions. We hope that…

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…

Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail: Highlights & Tips

Downtown Santa Barbara Wine

Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  The town of Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera”, is the county seat of Santa Barbara County. Tucked between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, the town boasts many stunning natural and man-made attractions—from the Spanish colonial architecture, to…

Slumming It at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

Lompoc Wine Ghetto Santa Barbara

Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Lompoc, California was the first stop of our weeklong tasting trip in Santa Barbara County. Driving down CA-246 on the way to Lompoc, the views of Sta. Rita Hills were stunning. We arrived at sunset, greeted by the incredible sight of golden hills…

10 Wines to Try in Santa Barbara County

fiddlehead cellars happy canyon vineyard

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…

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