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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…

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…

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…

Gravner and Radikon: Italian Wines Without Compromise

Gravner Vineyard Friuli

Reading Time: Gravner and Radikon have been high on our “must visit” list for a long time. We are huge fans of the natural, macerated, qvevri wines in Georgia. While the Georgians have been making this style of wine for thousands of years, these two Friulian producers were the ones that pushed this style of…

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…

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