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Big Macedonian Wines from Chateau Kamnik

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(Reading Time: ) Macedonia aka the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) is not the same as the Macedonian region of Northern Greece. This independent country has a long history of winemaking dating back to the 13th century B.C. It sits in a magical area for viticulture; the country’s location is at the confluence of…

Prokupac from South-Central Serbia

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Reading Time: When we commenced our ex-Yugoslavia trip, we chose to start with Serbia, end with Croatia, and sandwich the other countries in between. There was no outside information on Serbia wine and our expectations for it could not be any lower. We were completely shocked by what we tasted. Serbia’s wine industry consists of…

Dušan Jelić: A Perspective on Balkan Wine

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 Reading Time: We first met Dušan Jelić at a Serbian wine expo in Kragujevac, Serbia.  Prior to that, we were already following his website Wines of Balkans for a few years. The information on Wines of Balkans was invaluable as we made our way through the region over three months in the Spring of 2016. Dušan has…

The Original Zinfandel from Croatia

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Reading Time: According to research, Zinfandel is originally from Croatia and it is known locally as Crljenak Kaštelanski. Some people in the USA may be familiar with Zlatan Otok as about five years ago, Gary Vaynerchuk tasted a Zlatan Otok Plavac Mali Barrique on his show and went bananas over it. He scored it 93+ points. Based on the current portfolio…

Macedonian Wine Expert, Ivana Simjanovska

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Reading Time: One of the many benefits of traveling for wine is the chance to meet talented, passionate people. Ivana Simjanovska is one of those people that we were lucky to connect with. She is the co-author of two Macedonian wine guidebooks and a judge at various wine competitions in the Balkan region.   Explore…

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