Melnik & Struma Valley | Bulgaria by Zina Sorensen

The Melnik area is known for its distinctive wines. The region is home to an endemic grape variety found only here – Shiroka Melnishka Loza [Broadleaf Melnik]. Wines from this particular grape variety were the most popular Bulgarian wines in Western Europe in the 19th and 20th century. Even Winston Churchill himself was a big fan of Melnik wine allegedly purchasing 500 litres of Shiroka Melnishka Loza each year.

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Discovering Cape May | New Jersey | USA by Brian Yost

When one thinks of New Jersey and travel opportunities, one of the spots that might come to mind is the Cape May Peninsula. If you are aware of the resort town that bears the same name, it is quite likely that you associate it with the beach rather than viticulture. Based on the quality of the local wine the tasting venues, the region is emerging as a wine tourism destination as well.

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Exotic Wine Travel Visits Bozcaada | Turkey by Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan

Bozcaada is one of the handful of islands in the Aegean Sea that Turkey can call its own. Most of the islands off the west coast of Turkey belong to Greece. Bozcaada also belonged to Greece at one time and was known as Tenedos. The island was reputed to be the hiding place for the Greek ships in the famous battle for Troy, which happened on the Turkish mainland about five kilometers away.

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Wine in the City | Manila | Philippines by Rosa Hermoso

Drinking wine while dining out is admittedly still a young and growing fad in Manila.  Luckily, with the influence of social media and of more Filipinos engaged in world travel, local palates are slowly evolving.  With this comes the onslaught of hip and chic wine bars around the Metro with the aim of introducing the concept of wine and dining to a country full of beer drinkers. 

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Wine and Whitewashed Villages | Axarquía | Spain by Nacho Sanchez

It is seven o’clock in the morning and the harvest team is already at the finca. Summer is at its peak but so are the grapes. This is where one of the first harvest seasons in Europe takes place, at the same time as the Canary Islands and Montilla-Moriles in Córdoba, which is in Southern Spain. The vineyards are not at all easy to reach. They grow on a hillside with slopes of almost 50 degrees.

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A Short Tour of Burgundy | France by Brian Yost

I think wine tours can just suck. The idea conjures images of busloads of tourists piling into a tasting room for some perfunctory explanation about a few marginal wines. What could be worse than that?

So I resisted the idea of subtracting three days from our time in Languedoc for a short tour of Burgundy. I’m also, by the way, an advocate of “longer is better” when trying to learn about a region.

As it turns out, I was wrong. Very wrong.

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