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A 2018 Orange Wine Festival – Izola Report
A report and tasting notes from the fourth Salon Sauvignon festival in Ptuj, Slovenia.
There are lots of reasons to like Slovenia. The abundance of wine-related festivals and gatherings primary among them.
Exploring Zelen, Pinela and Klarnica, three of Slovenia’s native wine grapes, all home in the western Vipava Valley district.
Age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from Slovenia’s Karst.
Mansus Klarnica 2014, Pinot Gris 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Merlot 2011 and Adultus Anton Merlot 2005.
If you like orange wines, you’ll love this one. If you’re new to macerated whites, Gordia, located on Slovenia’s Ankaran peninsula, provides a fabulous place to start.
An introduction to ‘Szamorodni’, or ‘self-made’, an elegant dry white from Hungary’s fabled Tokaj region.
A blend from an ‘orange’ wine pioneer.
Colja Zelen 2016 Colja Malvazija 2016 Colja Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Vipava Valley district, Primorska, Slovenia I mentioned Colja’s Pinela a few weeks ago. Here are three more recent releases from a recent tasting at Dvorni Bar in Ljubljana to round out half of the Vipava Valley producer’s eight varietal bottlings. Located in the village of… Continue reading A Trio From Colja – Zelen 2016, Malvazija 2016 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Delicious high value red, white and rosé blends from Cotes de Provence.
The Joannes Protner Winery built its strong reputation on their whites. I’m glad to see that reputation now widening to include reds, specifically its Pinot Noir.
Palihnić Dingač 2013
Senjković Rosé Spoža 2015
Degrassi Cabernet Sauvignon Contarini 2012
Matuško Postup 2012
Another example of Pinela, a white varietal indigenous and nearly exclusive to Slovenia’s Vipava Valley.
A first glimpse into the delightful reds of Bulgaria’s Thracian Valley.
A lively red Bordeaux-style blend with a local, western Slovenian twist.
A sparkly shade nothing short of stunning.
The freshest pinot grigio I’ve ever tasted. It’s Grace Jones, circa mid-1980s. (And I loved Grace Jones in the mid-1980s.)
35 Seconds with a fifth generation Grand Cru Champagne producer.