Premiere Napa Valley 2018: Our Favorites

Opus One

Reading Time: In February 2018, Charine and I participated in the Wine Writer's Symposium in addition to Premiere Napa Valley 2018. We flew from Zagreb, Croatia to Detroit, MI to spend a little time with my family. We then chose to drive across I-80 from Michigan to Napa Valley in

Steven Spurrier Judgement Of Paris Recreated – Sort Of

Judgement Of Paris Steven Spurrier

Reading Time: In 1976, Englishman Steven Spurrier organized a blind tasting, pitting Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay against top-notch Red Bordeaux and White Burgundy. When the final scores were tallied, a Californian wine came out on top in both the red and white categories. The tasting became known as the

Hungarian Wines From Balaton

Reading Time: Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe and one of the leading tourist attractions in Hungary.  It's also one of the largest wine regions in the country. Thanks to the temperature moderation of the lake and the soil deposited from the extinct volcanoes, Balaton is producing

Four Hedonistic Napa Cabernet Sauvignons

Shafer Continuum Staglin Paul Hobbs

Reading Time: In February 2018, Charine and I attended the Wine Writer's Symposium Meadowood in Napa Valley. The symposium coincided with the week of Premiere Napa Valley. The biggest reason I wanted to attend the events was to check off a few wish-list wines that are hard to get outside

Slovak Wines: The Minimal Intervention Scene

Strekov 1075 Barrel

Reading Time: The minimal-intervention aka "natural" wine scene is alive and well in Slovakia. While the modern wine industry is fairly young (the late 1990's), there are several producers who have eschewed conventional production. During our time in Slovakia, we found in interesting that the minimal intervention producers referred to

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