Matyšák Winery

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Reading Time: Hello! Welcome to As Drunk by Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature interesting wines that we encourage you to seek out. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or

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

Slumming It at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto

Lompoc Wine Ghetto Santa Barbara

Reading Time: Check out our wine travel guide to Santa Barbara Wine Country.  Lompoc, California was the first stop of our weeklong tasting trip in Santa Barbara County. Driving down CA-246 on the way to Lompoc, the views of Sta. Rita Hills were stunning. We arrived at sunset, greeted by the incredible

Tomac Winery: Leading the Charge in Croatia

tomac winery sparkling wine

Reading Time: [Last updated: January 21, 2018] The Plešivica wine region is about a 30-minute drive southwest of Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. This wine region is near the border of Slovenia and experiences a continental climate. With a long history of winemaking, Plešivica plays host to over 30 family-run wineries and

The Unstoppable Progress in the Georgian Wine Scene

Chateau Mukhrani UNWTO International Conference on Global Wine Tourism

Reading Time: Georgian wine is back on our minds. It took 18 months of non-stop travel through known and lesser-known wine regions to produce our first wine book. The same time that we were planning to release Uncorking the Caucasus, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was hosting their inaugural

An Introduction to Swiss Wine

introduction to swiss wine

Reading Time: On the last week of our month-long stay in Armenia, we were invited to the home of the Swiss Ambassador to Armenia for a get-together. We thought it was a casual dinner, but it ended up being a full-fledged tasting of Swiss wines paired with delicate finger food

Exotic Wine Travel’s 16 Wines of 2016

Montefiori Valle de Guadalupe Baja California Mexico - best wine 2016

Reading Time: Hello, thirsty readers. It's the time of the year again. Round-up, conclusion, evaluation, assessment, goal setting... what a load that only wine can make it lighter and better! Let's make WINE great again. We've been traveling full-time for wine for nearly two years now, but 2016 is particularly significant because

Understanding Croatian Wine with Cliff Rames

Reading Time: Based in New York City, Cliff Rames is a freelance writer and sommelier. We first heard about him in an episode of Wine Library TV many years ago. Between 2016 and 2017, we spent eight months traveling through Croatia and tasted thousands of wines in preparation for our