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Exotic Wine Travel’s 17 Wines of 2017

Exotic Wine Travel Best Wines 2017

Reading Time: 2017 marked the third year of our location-independent lifestyle and the second year of our wine career. It was a momentous year for us—in the span of 12 months, we authored and published our second and third wine book Sipping Santa Barbara and Cracking Croatian Wine, traveled to seven countries, and tasted over 2,000 wines. For professional…

Batič: Great Slovenian Wines From Vipava

batic winery slovenia rose

Reading Time: (Cover photo from Batič Winery’s website.) We’ve spent significant time traveling and tasting through the Ex-Yugoslavian countries. For some reason, we had previously put little focus on Slovenia. After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our tasting trip…

Three Macedonian Wineries of Note

skopje wine salon vinodonia 2017

The second annual installation of Skopje Wine Salon – Vinodonia is happening on 1-2 December 2017, at Skopje Marriott Hotel. This year’s program includes master classes on the wines from three juggernauts: Chateau Kamnik Winery, Stobi Winery, and Tikveš Winery. These three wineries are also our top three favorite wineries in Macedonia. Here’s an introduction to these…

Tasting at Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell and Herrenhof Lamprecht

Reading Time: Special thanks to Tom Leitner who set up the appointment with these wineries and also acted as our guide.   Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell is located in Südsteiermark, perhaps the most celebrated area among the southern Austrian wine regions. The green rolling hills of this area are steep and make for…

A Crash Course On Biodynamic Austrian Wine

Austrian Wine Tasting

Reading Time: Wine brings people together, both from near and far. Charine met Tom Leitner on a natural wine Facebook group. After sharing a few messages, we realized that Tom shares a passion for Croatia and Croatian wine with us. He invited us to visit him in Austria and taste some of his favorite wines….

Marjan Simčič and Jakončič: Classically Styled Slovenian Wine

Marjan Simcic Vineyards

Reading Time: After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our tasting trip through Western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already lofty expectations. The standard of winemaking is outstanding and several producers are on par with some of the…

Kabaj and Movia: Slovenian Wines with Big Personalities

Movia Vineyards

Reading Time: After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our trip through Western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already lofty expectations. The quality of winemaking in Slovenia is outstanding and several producers are on par with some of…

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