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Serbian Grand Cru on the Slopes of Danube

Reading Time: Following Serbia’s wine route has led us to many surprises. Many of the Serbian wines are excellent and show tremendous potential to lift the country onto the world stage of wine. Among those, one Serbian wine region stands out with the perfect soil, location, and climate for making world-class wines. In the far east…

Saperavi: Georgia’s Flagship Red Wine Grape

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Reading Time: Exploring Georgia through the Vines While several countries have evidence for being the birthplace of grape wine, Georgia is the most outspoken about it. Some historians and linguists believe that “gvino/ღვინო”, the Georgian word for wine, is the precursor of vino, vin, wein, and wine. Scientists have found residue of wine in clay jars…

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…

World Class Wine from Macedonia, the Tikveš Barovo

Reading Time: During Yugoslavia time, Macedonia was a major producer of wine as it accounted for around two-third of the wine production in Yugoslavia. Today, Macedonia has around 33,500 hectares of vineyards area, with 70% of the grapes being used to produce 120 million liters of wine every year—more than half of the production is sold as…

Plantaže, the Giant of Montenegrin Wine

Featured photo credit: Plantaže This article was originally written for Jancis Robinson and was published on The Purple Pages. This version of the article has been expanded with additional tasting notes and background stories.  Reading Time: A bottle of Plantaže from Montenegro was the first wine we had when we arrived in the Balkans. For our first…

Exploring the Different Expressions of Georgian Wine

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Reading Time: In November, as part of our book launch and promotion, we had a signing session along with a wine tasting class at 8000 Vintages in Tbilisi, Georgia. 8000 Vintages is located just about a 10-minute ride from the popular tourist zone in the Old Town. The name represents the age of Georgia’s winemaking…

An Introduction to Georgian Qvevri Wine in Zagreb

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Reading Time: For a listing of articles and videos on Georgian wine and other wines from the Caucasus region, 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. Georgia, the Country of Ancient Winemaking…

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…

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