Cracking Croatian Wine in Istria (Part 4/4)

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Reading Time: In the Spring of 2018, we set out on a re-tour of Croatia to bring our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor Friendly-Guide to life. There was so much to share about Istria that we ended up shooting four episodes there. In part 1 of Cracking Croatian Wine in Istria, we offer

VinNatur: A Proponent of Checks and Balances

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Reading Time: "You're a really good agriculturist but you're a bad winemaker." Angiolino Maule, La Biancara's winemaker and founder, thinks this statement from oenologist Franco Giacosa might have changed the course of his life as a winemaker. "In the past, I would say a good wine is 90% vineyard and 10% winery. Today, I

Cracking Croatian Wine In Istria (Part 1/4)

Cracking Croatian Wine in Istria Motovun Buje

Reading Time: In the Spring of 2018, we set out on a re-tour of Croatia to bring our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor Friendly-Guide to life. After Plešivica, our second stop was the Istria wine region. There was so much to share about Istria that we ended up shooting four episodes there. In

Clai Brombonero & Clai Sv Jakov: Two Iconic Croatian Wines

Clai Winery Cellar

Reading Time: Updated on 27 November 2018: We were invited to the launch of the new vintages of Clai Sv. Jakov Malvazija and Brombonero Refošk. The wines were tasted over dinner at Dubravkin Put in Zagreb, Croatia. Nearly everyone was impressed with the new vintages.   Giorgio Clai has been called the "Godfather

Exotic Wine Travel’s 17 Wines of 2017

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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

Kabaj and Movia: Slovenian Wines with Big Personalities

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Reading Time: After finishing our book Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our trip through Western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already lofty expectations. The quality of winemaking in Slovenia is outstanding and several producers are on

See You in Serbia #Winelover Trip

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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,

Amber Revolution: Orange Wine Now Gets A Voice (And Book)

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Reading Time: After writing about the history of orange wine and reviewing them for the last five years, Simon Woolf is finally taking the leap into authorship. Amber Revolution: How the World Learned to Love Orange Wine is a 250-page, full-color book that shares the history of orange wine (sometimes also

Fruška Gora: The Innovative Serbian Wine Region

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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