Super Tuscan Sangiovese

Tignanello Solaia Flaccianello Fontodi

Reading Time: In graduate school, two friends and I backpacked around Europe. We sat down for lunch in Lucca, Italy and enjoyed a liter of Sangiovese-based red wine. I was a wine enthusiast back then, but a broke student. Most of my wine tasting experience consisted of cheap, supermarket wines.

Hungarian Wine From Eger: Bull’s Blood and Beyond

Hungarian Wine Eger Bull's Blood Bikaver

Reading Time: When we started our Exotic Wine Travel YouTube channel, one of the first wines reviewed was an inexpensive Bull's Blood (Bikavér) from Egervin Winery. It is a decent wine, but far from impressive. After posting the video, we received comments from several Hungarians urging us to try higher

The Best of Villány Wine Region

Villany Wine Region Cellar

Reading Time: The first time we came across wines from Villány was in Zagreb, Croatia. During the Vinart Grand Tasting, we attended a masterclass in Villány's Cabernet Franc. The wines were of outstanding quality, and they piqued our interest immediately. Six months after that tasting, we had the opportunity to

Chamlija: Wines of the Black Sea

Chamlija Wines

Reading Time: When we made our seven-week trip through Turkey in the summer of 2015, we were green in the wine industry. What made the situation more challenging was the lack of online information about Turkish wine. The Turkish laws forbad advertising for alcoholic beverages, which included advertising on online domains.

Matyšák Winery

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Hello! Welcome to As Drunk by Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature interesting wines that we encourage you to seek out. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or

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

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

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

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