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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Reading Time: We had a fantastic time at the (Facebook) #winelover's See You In Serbia trip. Having spent nearly six months in the country, we consider ourselves rather familiar with Serbian wines. Because of that, we oscillated between "Let's go. I'm excited!" and "Meh. I'm not sure if we will see, taste,