Wine Links for April 13, 2018

A weekly collection of links, notes, bookmarks and briefs focused (mostly) on the wines wine scene in Central Europe and the Balkans. 

What I’ve been reading this week… 

Primorska, Slovenia – Decanter’s list of the planet’s top 35 Pinot Gris includes two from Slovenia: Edi Simčič 2015 and Tilia Estate 2016, from the Primorska region’s Goriška Brda and Vipava districts, respectively. Story is here (paywall) and my reviews of Tilia’s 2017 Pinot Gris is here.

Friuli, ItalyTasting Friuli Wines with Roberto of Marco Felluga. In Delhi. Via Indian Wine Academy.

Dalmacija, Croatia – Inaugural Hvar Wine Rune 2018 set for Saturday, April 21. It’s a 9.2km race and loop tour starting and ending in Hvar’s main square covering the island’s most attractive sights –with wine served up at refreshment stands along the way and at the finish. Hurry – registration closes on Sunday, April 15. More.

Istra, Croatia – A road trip through and around the Istrian peninsula. Via Euronews. (I’m planning to do this by bike when I can piece together the time.)

Greece – Top Ten Greek Wines That You Need to Try. A primer via Greek Reporter.

Here and ThereHigh-Altitude Vineyards that are Changing Wine. Via Wine Enthusiast. Includes vineyards in Australia, South Africa, Tenerife, Colorado, China and Argentina.

Here and thereWhat Does Minerality Mean When it Comes to Wine? via Food & Wine. Which rock was that again?

RIPRobert Haas, importer and Vintner, dies at 90. NYT obituary.

Here and there – Volcanic Wines – Volcanic Wines International Concludes Successful First Annual ‘International Volcanic Wine Conference’. (Press release; reproduced as received for future reference without further comment.)

Volcanic Wines International ( held its first annual (sic) ‘International Volcanic Wines Conference (IVWC)’ on March 27, 2018 in New York City. Hosted by John Szabo, Master Sommelier and award-winning author, the event followed the global success of his definitive book on the subject, ‘Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power,’ published in 2016. Exclusively for qualifying wine trade and media, 300 industry professionals attended the event.
A first of its kind, the conference acted as a catalyst for the volcanic wine community, bringing together producers from all over the world and raising the profile of volcanic wines, defined as a unique category of wines produced under some of the most extreme viticultural conditions on the planet. During the conference, guests were able to sample wines from over 50 wineries from 16 different volcanic wine regions and engage with some of the world’s leading volcanic wine experts during workshops.

Wine happenings in the region over the next few weeks

I’ll be at Salon Sauvignon in Ptuj, Slovenia, next weekend, and the Orange Wine Festival in Izola, Slovenia, the weekend after that. Hope to see and meet some of you there!

  • 13-14 – Festival Vino Dalmatia – Split, Croatia [Facebook] [Website]
  • 13-15 – Wine and Food Festival – Varna, Bulgaria [Website]
  • 14-15 – Rebula and Olive Oil Festival – Višnjevik (Goriška Brda), Slovenia [Facebook]
  • 14-16 – Villa Favorita 2018 – Degustazione Vini Naturali – Natural Wine Tasting. Monticello, Veneto, Italy [Website] [Facebook]
  • 15-17 – Intervino – Kärntner Messen – Klagenfurt, Austria [Facebook]
  • 15-18 – Vinitaly – Verona [Website] [Facebook]
  • 16-22 – Dubrovnik FestiWine – Dubrovnik, Croatia [Website] [Facebook]
  • 18 – #vinooTasting Ljubljana. Three wines from each of three invited winemakers – Ljubljana, Slovenia [Website]
  • 20 – WineRI 2018 – Wine and Gastronomy Festival – Rijeka, Croatia [Facebook]
  • 20 – Friuli Colli Orientali DOC tasting, Wine Fashion – Buttrio (near Udine), Italy [Facebook]
  • 20-21 – Novi Sad Wine Salon – Hotel Park, Novi Sad, Serbia [Facebook]
  • 21 – Brda & Vino. Wine & culinary festival. Šmartno v Brdih, Slovenia [Facebook]
  • 21 – Salon Sauvignon. Ptuj, Slovenia [Website] [Facebook]
  • 21 – Vipava district wine dinner, Štorja pod stopnicami restaurant – Postojna, Slovenia [Facebook]
  • 21 – Vincent Weintour: city center walking tour. – Dornbirn, Austria [Facebook]
  • 24 – In Vino Veritas tasting – Pradamano (near Udine), Italy [Facebook]
  • 27 – Orange Wine Festival – Izola, Slovenia [Facebook]

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