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Bastianich and Jermann: Iconic Friulian Wine

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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…

Brewer-Clifton: Combining Expertise, Gravitas, and Nature

Reading Time: When visiting the small town of Lompoc, California, “wine ghetto” is probably the first thing that comes to a wine lover’s mind. Just do a google search for “Lompoc Wine” and you’ll see why and what dominates the first page of the search results. Stroll a few blocks west from the main section…

Tomac Winery: Leading the Charge in Croatia

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Reading Time: The Tomac winery and its seven-hectare vineyard plot are located in the small wine-growing region of Plešivica, a 30-minute drive southwest of Zagreb. It is often referred to as one of the—if not the most—refined sparkling wine producers in Croatia. The Tomac family has been making wine for over 200 years. Today, Tomislav Tomac,…

An Introduction to Swiss Wine

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Reading Time: On the last week of our month-long stay in Armenia, we were invited to the home of the Swiss Ambassador to Armenia for a get-together. We thought it was a casual dinner but it ended up being a full-fledged tasting of Swiss wines paired with delicate finger food prepared by his wife who’s…

Exotic Wine Travel’s 16 Wines of 2016

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 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…

Trendsetter: Sarah Abbott, Master of Wine

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 Reading Time: Sarah Abbott is a Master of Wine who comes from a food-loving family. After working in the IT software industry for several years, she decided to change her career trajectory and immerse in wine in 1996. Her first foray into wine was as a sales and marketing representative at an importing company of…

Can You Tell a Burgundy from a Croatian Pinot Noir?

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(Reading Time: ) Croatia has a long history of wine production and is currently producing over 100 million liters  every year. The Croatians are among the leading consumers of wine, drinking on average 44.2-litre of wine per person annually. Croatian Pinot Noir In Croatia, varietal wines made from Pinot Noir are labeled as “Pinot Crni”. Crni…

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…

Trendsetter: Vahe Keushguerian from Armenia

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Reading Time: For a listing of articles and videos on Armenian wine and wine travel in Armenia, check out our page Uncorking the Caucasus. To purchase the Kindle or paperback copy of the book Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia, please head to this Amazon product page.   A Brief History About Armenian Wine Armenia falls…

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