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WINE DIARY – WINELOVER’S MEMORIES

An inevitable companion of every winelover, both an amateur and a professional, is his/her diary. A place where comments and tasting notes are kept, a reminder that we can consult later on when we need info about a winery or wines that we tasted.

DUBRAVKA FROM KNJAŽEVAC IS BACK

At this year’s BeoWine Fair held on 22nd February, 2018 in Belgrade, the premiere of wines from Džervin Winery (Knjaževac, East Serbia) could be considered the fair’s highlight. 

DECODING A WINE LABEL: OMNIBUS LECTOR 2015

Winemakers are trying to attract winelovers with attractive wine label design and messages and thus convey a story about winemaking and emotions in order to create a comprehensive wine experience. Therefore, in a series of articles, I will attempt to interpret information found on the labels of Serbian wines.

WOULD YOU DRINK WINE FROM A BABY BOTTLE?

Paris, Montmartre, street musicians, wine, couples in love, artists on the street, romantic bistros and restaurants. This is how most of us imagine a visit to the French capital. However, one of the local attractions of Montmartre is a tiny restaurant that serves wine in baby bottles instead of glasses.

ARMENIAN BATTLE FOR KARAS AMPHORAE

Armenia is one of the cradles of wine production where wine has been made for centuries in traditional clay amphorae called karas. Unfortunately, in modern Armenia, this traditional craftsmanship is almost extinct.

JON BON JOVI VENTURES INTO WINE BUSINESS

Starting from this spring, wine lovers in the United States will have an opportunity to taste rosé from the south of France with Jon Bon Jovi’s signature. Thus he joined a crowd of celebrities who used their name and fame in the show business, sports, acting or music to venture into wine business by creating their own wine […]

I ROAMED AROUND LEVAČ AND REACHED LASTAR WINERY

While the winding road is taking us to the village of Sekurič, autumnal landscapes and locals from the nearby villages who stop their work curiously turning their head to see who’s arriving by car remind me of scenes depicted on Janko Braštić’s paintings, certainly the most famous artist from Rekovac.

GAJA EXPANSION: ALTA LANGA IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Alta Langa covers hilly areas in the municipalities of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo, in the north of Piedmont. It is also a recent Italian DOCG appellation, established in 2011 which centers its identity around sparkling wines made by traditional (classical) method.

SIZE MATTERS?

Common understanding is that quantity and quality rarely go together. This could particularly be considered valid for wine industry, judging by our experience with wines of  Eastern Europe from the second half of the 20th century. However, the times are changing.

VINOPEDIA TOP 10 IN 2017

Tradition continues. In December, we always summon impressions of the year that is gently coming to a close and pick events that marked the year on the local wine scene. A chronicle of Serbian wine world…

YOUR NAME IS VRANAC… BUT DO YOU KNOW YOUR KIN?

Long time ago, in rural parts of Montenegro, elderly women would typically start their everyday conversation with children with a sentence: “And who are your kin, little one?”…

FOLLOWING THE TRAIL OF ODESCALCHI

Summer in Rome can be suffocating…High temperature, warm western wind (ponente) which doesn’t bring relief but makes heat even less tolerable, numerous tourists flocking around historic monuments and heritage which bear witness to past civilizations and empires.

NATURAL WINES OF SERBIA – PART 2

I was delighted with the opportunity to visit the winery owned by Oszkar Maurer. The road leads to the very north of Serbia, a village called Hajdukovo in the vicinity of Hungarian border.

ZINFANDEL SHIFTING ORIGIN TO MONTENEGRO?

In the period from 20th-22nd November 2017, Montenegro welcomed world-known experts dealing with genomics, genetics of grapevine, bioinformatics and viticulture. The conference presented 28 papers from 17 participating countries.

NATURAL WINES OF SERBIA – PART 1

Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer predicts that natural wine will no longer exist in 20 years’ time… The reason for this lies in its becoming mainstream. It will be quite normal for winemakers to make wines that go more in line with what we consider today “natural”.

KOSOVO WINE ABSURDISTAN

Life in the Balkans may seem sometimes like a scene from Emir Kusturica’s films. Quite often, everyday life is brought to the level of absurdity, so ordinary people are trying to build a life founded on common sense in the environment of absurdity.