A 2018 Orange Wine Festival – Izola Report
I was in Doha, Qatar, this past week to cover the opening meet of the IAAF Diamond League series, the professional track and field circuit that kicked off in the Qatari capital for the ninth consecutive year. Here are a handful of candid portraits of some of the athletes who competed at the meet last night… Continue reading IAAF Diamond League Portraits, Doha Edition
A report and tasting notes from the fourth Salon Sauvignon festival in Ptuj, Slovenia.
Links, notes, bookmarks and briefs focused (mostly) on the wines wine scene in Central Europe and the Balkans.
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There are lots of reasons to like Slovenia. The abundance of wine-related festivals and gatherings primary among them.
Ukuk Utho’o Bul and Paulo Amotun Lokoro, members of the Athlete Refugee Team, or ART, in Valencia, Spain, this weekend where they competed in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Both were in their early teens when they fled the civil war in Sudan, and both spent nearly a dozen years at a UNHCR-run refugee… Continue reading Ukuk Utho’o Bul and Paulo Amotun Lokoro, Athlete Refugee Team
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.
In English, the name is ‘Friends on Wine’, fitting for its intimate set-up and gracious service.
A blend from an ‘orange’ wine pioneer.
That’s Christina Manning, at the moment the fastest indoor 60 meter hurdler on the planet. At the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany, last night, the 27-year-old athlete from the USA clocked 7.77, the fastest performance in the world this year that elevated her to equal 14th fastest of all-time. Below are 16 more candid… Continue reading IAAF World Indoor Tour Portraits – Dusseldorf 2018 Edition
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
A 30-second introduction to the oldest continuously operating wine seller in the south of France.
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