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Slumming It at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

Lompoc Wine Ghetto Santa Barbara

Reading Time: Lompoc, California was the first stop of our week-long 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 wrapped around old creek beds, horse ranches, and green vineyards. Driving…

Bastianich and Jermann: Iconic Friulian Wine

Jermann Vineyards friuli venezia giulia

Reading Time: When we selected wineries to visit during our Friuli-Venezia Giulia trip, we wanted to taste the best that the region had to offer. Most of our trip focused on visiting small producers. Several larger producers have left their mark on the wine scene and we wanted to visit a few of them as…

Classic Wines from Borgo del Tiglio and Meroi

Meroi Vineyards Friuli Venezia Giulia

Reading Time: Nice white wines and a few amber wine producers. That was our impression of Friuli-Venezia Giulia before we visited the region. It turns out that both of our initial impressions are correct, but there’s more to Friuli than that. It’s a dynamic region with so many different styles of wines being made. Some…

Trendsetter: Jo Ahearne MW, Winemaker

Jo Ahearne

Reading Time: Jo Ahearne is an academically trained winemaker and a Master of Wine. She is currently producing wine under her own label in Croatia, more specifically on the island of Hvar in Southern Dalmatia. We met her during our three-month stay in Croatia in 2016. In this interview, she shed some light on various aspects…

Exotic Wine Travel’s 16 Wines of 2016

Montefiori Valle de Guadalupe Baja California Mexico - best wine 2016

 Reading Time: Hello, thirsty readers. It’s the time of the year again. Round-up, conclusion, evaluation, assessment, goal setting, what a load that only wine can make it lighter and better! Let’s make WINE great again. We’ve been traveling full-time for wine for nearly two years, but 2016 is particularly significant because it marks our first…

Understanding Croatian Wine with Cliff Rames

* Photo reposted with permission from Wines of Croatia  (Reading Time: ) We first heard about Cliff Rames after watching an episode of Wine Library TV many years ago. While tasting through Croatia, we found the information on his website Wines of Croatia to be incredibly valuable. Recently, we got a chance to catch up with him…

Dušan Jelić: A Perspective on Balkan Wine

peljesac vineyard croatian wine

 Reading Time: *Featured image courtesy of Wines of Balkans  We first met Dušan at a Serbian wine expo while we were in Kragujevac, Serbia.  We have been following his website Wines of Balkans for a few years and the information proved invaluable as we made our way through the region over three months in the Spring…

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