Samsara: New Beginnings With Winemaker Matt Brady

Reading Time: Samsara Wine Co. is one of our favorite producers in Santa Barbara County. Upon first visitng the tasting room in Los Olivos, we (especially Charine) were hooked. When Charine loves a wine, she knows it after the first sip. When we wrote our book Sipping Santa Barbara: Recommended Wines

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

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

How to Promote Wine Tourism and Wines of Lesser Known Regions

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Reading Time: On 7 August 2017, we were invited to lead a one-hour panel discussion at Twitter’s #winemktmonday. In this article, we've stitched all our responses together as coherent answers and added defined contexts and examples to them. We choose against sharing the original transcript due to Twitter's 140-character limitation—which

Wine Academy Croatia: Advancing with WSET

Reading Time: Charine and I moved to Zagreb for a few months in late 2016/early 2017 to finish the research for our upcoming Croatian wine guide. It just so happened that there was a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) course happening in Zagreb at the end of 2016. We

Trendsetter: Jo Ahearne MW, Winemaker

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Reading Time: Jo Ahearne is an academically trained winemaker and a Master of Wine. She is currently producing Croatian wine under her namesake winery on the island of Hvar in South Dalmatia. In this interview, she sheds some light on the Croatian wine industry and what it’s like to make

In The Street: Wine Photography

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Reading Time: “In the Street” is a new feature on our website where we share wine- and wine tourism- related Instagram updates that we love. Last week, we explored many places of Santa Barbara in a two-part series: Part 1, Part 2.  This week, instead of popping back into the

The Story of Exotic Wine Travel After 20 Months On The Road

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We weren't always on the road full-time and we weren't always writers. Life was going pretty well a few years ago. Charine was progressing well as a professional in business research and I had an extremely busy Chiropractic practice, both in Singapore. In the Spring of 2015, we left our careers, family,

Recommended Gifts for Wine Lovers

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 Reading Time: Disclosure: Some of these links are built via the Amazon Associates program. These are products that we've purchased with our own money---with the exception of the Coravin. If you are planning to purchase one of these, please use the links below so we can get credit for referring you.  What