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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Comprised of only 62 square miles, the country is about the size of Washington, DC. Small and landlocked, the monarchy lies in the Rhein Valley between Austria and Switzerland. Oh, and by the way, the principality happens to be a wine-producing nation.Read More
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.Read More
The Bavarian city of Würzburg is at the heart of one Germany’s oldest and most historically significant wine regions. References to the wines of Franconia (or Franken as they say in Germany) are made as early as the eighth century.
Würzburg is also the start of the famous Romantic Road. The road was established in the 1970s…Read More
Touring wineries, many tasting room staff mention, “We use native yeasts from the vineyard for our fermentations.” Occasionally followed by, “This allows the truest expression of our vineyard.” What does this exactly mean? Is it accurate or romantic whitewashing?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More