Wine (Good for Women)

Seen today on a menu in Sapa, Vietnam. The differences weren’t clearly explained, only that the sex-specific wines were distinct types made of rice, and the ‘strength’ one from apples. I didn’t try any but now regret that decision.

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Four hours to kill at Vienna Airport?

There’s only one reasonable option, the delightfully Austrian-sounding Wine & More. It’s a comfortable and snazzy wine, cheese and specialty food shop/café with a decent sized offering of wines by the glass. I tried three but only took notes on two cuvees: Reinisch Reserve 2007 – A cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend …

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Roman Baggage.

No visit to Italy is complete without a quick wine shopping trip to push the limits of my baggage weight allowance. Any thoughts, suggestions, notes, and/or observations would be most graciously appreciated. Above: La Braccesca (Antinori) – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006 – Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 – …

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Slovenian wine notebook

Actually, not really. But hopefully this pic taken yesterday in a friend’s cellar will act as reminder to catch up with a small stack of tasting notes assembled in recent weeks. This cellar is in the village of Vodol, near Maribor. I was kindly invited to select and take home …

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Early Warning: 11th Slovenian Wine Festival set for November 19-21

I won’t be there (out of town) but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. No complete details available yet, but recent editions featured well over 300 wines for festival goers to sample, by any measure a good way to acquaint yourself to Slovenian wines. If you’re near Ljubljana that weekend, …

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LJ Pic of the Day

Stuck indoors much of yesterday and today, so I had to dig this one out. Shot a little over a year ago just up the street on Prazakova, an interesting bit of decor on an otherwise drab exterior. Before the two-martini lunch, apparently, was the jug o’wine brunch. Ljubljana 18, …

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A Wine Writer’s Existential and Epistemological Challenges

“It’s like a puff of dust in the back of your throat.” That’s how a salesman at a trade tasting once described a wine he was pitching. No, I didn’t buy it. Nor do I remember the wine. I only remember wondering why he would choose to elicit gagging when …

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‘I want to have this with ostrich!’

I’ve mentioned Wine Library TV before, an informative and entertaining wine tasting program hosted by New Jersey-based Gary Vaynerchuk. With more than 80,000 viewers a day, it’s a popular program, and he’s already been making the rounds and spreading the word through various (US) national TV appearances. Last week he …

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90 Second Udine Advisor

I had but one regret when I finally visited Udine last weekend: that I hadn’t made it there before. The center of northeast Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, this charming town of just under 100,000 has a lot going for it. Its historic center is well-preserved and maintained; it’s missing lots (most?) …

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60 second Primorska cab sav mini-challenge

  Well, it took a little longer, but not much. For this inaugural mini-challenge, we pit a pair of cabernet sauvignons from Primorje (a quick overview on Slovenia’s regions here and open this in a new tab for this evening’s challenge theme song): The 2005 from Dolfo (Medana, Goriska Brda) against that …

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