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

Cracking Croatian Wine in Plešivica

cracking croatian wine in plesivica

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. Our first stop on this journey was Plešivica. It's a wine region that delivers some of the best Croatian wines but somehow still receives

Revisiting Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Miani Wine Barrel Tasting

Reading Time: We love the wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Earlier in 2017, we did a weeklong tasting trip through the region, visiting some iconic producers. After that trip, we became hooked on these wines. After six weeks touring through the wine regions of Hungary and Slovakia, our friend Vedran drove up

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.

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

Tasting at Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell and Herrenhof Lamprecht

Reading Time: Special thanks to Tom Leitner who set up the appointment with these wineries and also acted as our guide. Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell Rebenhof Hartmut Aubell is located in Südsteiermark, perhaps the most celebrated area among the southern Austrian wine regions. The green rolling hills of this area are steep and