Enologica 2017 – Wines of Emilia-Romagna in Bologna, Italy

There’s a world hiding behind the shadow of the popular Lambruscos of Emilia-Romagna after all. Some thirty to forty years ago, the Lambrusco of Emilia-Romagna started its vast exportation to the world especially to the U.S. It has a light ruby-red color, frizzy, lightly-sweet to sweet and meant to be drunk young. It’s an easy…

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Campania Stories 2018 in Naples, Italy

Campania, a southern Italian region where the locals are fiercely proud of of their land and people. And they have every reason to be because they have a certain richness that contributes to the importance of Italy. A powerfully moving stretch of stunning coastline at the Amalfi Coast, the islands of Capri and Ischia, the…

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Vinitaly 2018, 52nd Edition in Verona, Italy

Like the previous editions, Vinitaly declared a great success as the participants had grown in numbers and quality.  Compared to last year’s numbers, the exhibiting companies arrived to a big number of 4,380 this year which is 130 more from last year, from 36 different countries. The visitors in the four-day event arrived to a…

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International Prokupac Day 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia

Prokupac, the celebrated indigenous red grape of Serbia, took the spotlight again on its second anniversary in Belgrade. I was among the forty people, all winelovers, who flew from all over the world, who were enthusiastic in uncovering the wines made from these grapes. These wines don’t get much attention outside Serbia since its small…

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Cantina Del Tufaio Winery in Zagarolo (Lazio), Italy

There are some Italian regions that I tend to favor when I have to go through a wine list. I have this usual tendency to go far away from my home region. I live at the outskirt of Rome which is inside the region of Lazio. What I am saying is that I look everywhere…

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Eataly Wine Festival 2018 in Rome, Italy

It’s another weekend for wine enthusiasts as Eataly Wine Festival returned to the capital on the 4th and 5th days of May 2018 with some of the most renowned and important Italian wine names. At the third floor of Eataly Rome (Ostiense), from 18.00 to 01.00, the tasting of the wines is held with samples…

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Orbelus Winery in Struma Valley, Bulgaria

Just a few minutes away from Villa Melnik Winery, in the village of Kromidovo is Orbelus Winery. We made our way to Orbelus in the darkening sky with a beautiful yellow full moon guiding us. As soon as we approached the winery, we were all mesmerized by its peculiar shape. Right in the middle of…

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Colli di Poianis Winery in Prepotto (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Italy

In Italy, landscapes can mesmerize anyone passing through the boot-shaped country from north until the southern tip. Different regions have different charming sceneries. Driving through the less trodden roads of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, you are rewarded with a  scenic view of the countryside and as you reach the DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli area…

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Cantina Fratelli Pardi in Montefalco (Umbria), Italy

Pardi is a name that you will encounter often as you walk around the town of Montefalco. You see, the Pardi family specializes in two areas: weaving and wine making. The family, with deep roots in Montefalco started with wine making in 1919 when the three Pardi brothers, Alfredo, Francesco and Alberto, established the Cantina…

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Villa Melnik Winery in Struma Valley, Bulgaria

Villa Melnik is not just a winery that makes good Bulgarian wines. It is not just another wine bottle that you open, pour in a glass and enjoy. It has something unique that makes every single drop special because behind that bottle is sheer dedication by the winemakers Nikola Zikatanov, his wife Lyubka and daughter…

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Les Garrigues: Venturing into an Unexplored Gastronomic Corner of Catalonia, Spain

Getting to know a place shouldn’t limit us to seeing what is in front of us. It also entails the usage of our senses of smell and taste to get a profound cognizance of why we are in that spot in the first place. When we taste the local gastronomy, it is something that is…

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Cantina Peppucci in Todi (Umbria), Italy

The wines of Cantina Peppucci stem from the yearning of parents to raise their children well in the countryside of Umbria to commune with nature. It was in the late eighties when Piero Peppucci and his wife Luisa Giontella bought the Monastery of Sant’Antimo, an abandoned 13th-century Benedictine monastery in the middle of the countryside…

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Porta Caeli (Vinero) Winery, Hotel and Spa in Thrace, Turkey

Staying at a hotel as the first group of guests while it was still closed to the public has a surreal effect. Porta Caeli was at its opening phase when our press group was welcomed to indulge in all the facilities the hotel has to offer, including tasting the wines that were aging and the…

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Cantina Todini in Todi (Umbria), Italy

As we veered off the main road, another path in the countryside led us to the entrance of Cantina Todini (Todini Winery) on the left side. The place is tranquil with a picturesque front area. External garden chairs and tables are scattered in an orderly fashion and they overlook a vast landscape of Umbria. There…

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Tenuta Bellafonte in Bevagna (Umbria), Italy

Collenottolo Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG and Arnèto Spoletino Umbria IGT by Tenuta Bellafonte, two wines that express elegance and the authenticity of the grape varieties in the heart of Umbria. Tenuta Bellafonte owned by Peter Heilbron, is located in a 30-hectare estate in the region of Umbria, not far from the town of Bevagna, near the…

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