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15 Amber Wines (Orange Wines) to Try in Croatia

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Reading Time: Refreshing like white, complex like red, versatile like sparkling, and fun like rosé: here comes orange wine. While those descriptors are mere generalizations, they do accurately illustrate the various facades of orange wine. Many people believe orange wine is having a moment. Some consider it to be the latest ‘It’ wine. The irony is…

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…

Santa Barbara Wine Country: Appellations and Region’s Layout

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Located on the southern end of the Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara County is about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California. The history of this wine country can be traced back to five million years ago. Tectonic activity thrust up a huge…

Croatia’s Wine Tasting Event: Zagreb Bubbles in Pictures

Zagreb Bubbles Croatia’s Wine Tasting Event

Reading Time: In June 2017, the inaugural Zagreb Bubbles festival was held in Croatia’s capital city. The Zagreb Bubbles is the first sparkling wine-themed event in Croatia. Over 100 sparkling wine producers, both domestic and international, participated in the event. The festival kicked off with a few days of peripheral programs and workshops, which led…

A Vinous Dream: Wine Tasting in Los Olivos

Near Los Olivos Wine Trip

Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Los Olivos is a town located in Santa Ynez Valley. Despite its small population of about 1,000 people, the town is constantly bustling due to its plethora of tasting rooms, restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutiques. There are around 50 tasting rooms, representing wineries…

Sipping Buellton: Wines and Other Gastronomic Delights

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Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Buellton is a small town, conveniently located in the center of Santa Barbara Wine Country and Santa Ynez Valley. The town is a 10-minute drive from Los Olivos. While Buellton doesn’t have the sheer volume of wine tasting options like Los Olivos, there are…

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…

Vinarija Doja: Serbia’s New Vinous Star

Vinarija Doja Best Serbian Wine

Reading Time: Third time’s the charm; the proverb rings true in this case. I first tasted the Doja Prokupac at the Vinodonia Skopje Wine Salon in November 2016, and then a second time at Salon Vina Kragujevac in April 2017. It wasn’t until a month ago—when I finally had the pleasure of enjoying a whole bottle with Matt…

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…

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