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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…

Klinec and Mlečnik: Slovenian Wines Of Purity

Mlecnik Grapes

Reading Time: We’ve spent significant time traveling and tasting through the Ex-Yugoslavian region. For some reason, we have put very 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 through Western Slovenia yielded many gems…

Serbian Bordeaux Blends

Radovanovic Cilic Onyx Rouge Matalj Kremen Kamen Aleksandrovic Radoslav

Reading Time: It seems as if every country that is either, new to winemaking or reacquiring its winemaking past, try their hands at Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Who’s to blame them? These are grape that people are familiar with. In addition to that, they adapt fairly well to multiple types of climate and make sturdy…

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…

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…

Top Cyprus Wine: Our Favorite Cypriot Wineries

vlassides winery

Welcome to the big leagues! While the quality among all top estates in Cyprus is surprisingly high, these are the three wineries we were most impressed with (in addition to Vouni Panayia which we wrote about in a previous article). All of the wines in the portfolios of these producers have no let downs in…

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…

Santa Barbara Wine Country: Appellations and Region’s Layout

Gibraltar_rockgarden_santa barbara landscape

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…

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