Spicy Hungarian Wines From Szekszárd

Takler Winery Cellar

Reading Time: During our first trip through the wine regions of Hungary, we missed the Szekszárd region. It was a place that we wanted to see dearly. All of the Szekszárd wines we tasted prior to visiting impressed us, peeking our curiosity. After a two-week tour through Slovakia, we returned

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

Six South American Wines to Try

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Reading Time: We are thrilled to welcome Exotic Wine Travel's first guest writer: Amanda Barnes. Amanda is an award-winning wine communicator specializing in the wines of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. In this article, she recommends six wines from South America that exotic wine travelers should seek out. Love, Charine & Matthew   Six South American Wines to Try South

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.