What I’ve been reading this week – and other links, notes, bookmarks and briefs.
I’m still coming down from the five days I spent bouncing about Croatia’s Istrian peninsula. It’s always a great pleasure, this time despite some rain and ankle deep mud. More from those excursions and reports from the 25th Vinistra show forthcoming.
Slovenia – ‘You Can Find Some of the Best Sparkling Wines You’ve Never Tasted in Slovenia‘ – In introduction to Istenič, one of Slovenia’s most ubiquitous sparkling wine producers. VinePair.
Istria, Croatia – This year’s Michelin Guide to Istria includes a listing of its top wineries as well. Agrolaguna, Benvenuti, Cattunar, Clai, Cuj Coronica, Degrassi, Franc Arman, Kabola, Kozlovic, Marijan Arman, Matosevic, Meneghetti, Roxanich, Trapan and Veralda made the cut. Total Croatia News.
Istria, Croatia II – A piece on Steven Spurrier’s Malvazija (Istarska) master class at VinIstra. Total Croatia News.
Austria – ‘Get to Know Austria’s Wine Regions.’ An introduction via Wine Enthusiast.
Italy – ‘Why Italy’s Volcanoes Matter To Its Wines‘. Susan Gordon in Forbes.
Wine Lists – Eric Asimov’s ‘20 Wines Under $20‘ summer 2018 edition doesn’t include one Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, no Napa, no Burgundy. New York Times.
More Lists – This one listing five drink-in wine shops and stalls in London. Just Opened London.
Natural Wine – More on the debate from Australia winemakers. ‘The grape debate: Setting the record straight on natural wine‘. GoodFood.com.
Here and There – an excellent list of wine information and resources compiled by MW Richard Hemming has just been updated.
Romania/Moldova – A joint wine route linking Romania and Moldova to be completed in 2019. NineOClock.ro.