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Piran Cafe’s Wine Tasting Notes, Reviews and Samples Policy

Movia Lunar 2013I love wine. I love tasting it even more. And even more than that, I love recommending new wine discoveries to my readers and friends.

What wines will you find here?

While I’ll note and review wines from around the world, the primary goal of the Piran Café Wine Hub is to gradually build what I hope will become the largest English language database of notes and news on wines from Slovenia. As I’m based in Slovenia and have roots here, first and foremost, my aim is to help provide a starting point for those interested in exploring Slovenian wines. And while doing so, to share the stories behind the winemakers and their wines.

My interest in noting regional similarities and differences are important. So that first tier will be supplemented with wines from elsewhere in this part of central Europe, which means, generally speaking, the following areas: Croatia, northeast Italy (Friuli, Veneto and Alto Adige), Austria, Hungary, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia.

How do the ratings work?

It’s simple. Wines mentioned on Piran Cafe, both in brief notes or longer reviews, are ones I like and recommend. I wouldn’t waste time or space writing about them and sharing them if I didn’t.

While I understand and appreciate the value and direction that number systems provide, I won’t assign points or grades. In the most objective hands, those are still subjective.

My recommendations are based on my experiences with learning, studying and tasting wine — those stretch back nearly 30 years in general terms, and almost 25 specifically with wines from Slovenia. There’s a lot of wine being produced here, an increasing amount of it at a very high standard. But some not. My goal is not to declare winners and losers, but to provide direction to those interested in exploring wines more deeply.

Price is a factor and will always be listed, but with so many variables considered before a wine is priced, it’s not a determining one. Value is important.

 

Samples

Most of the wines I try and smaple are ones I purchase at retail, in wine bars, or taste during winery visits or at various tasting events.

Although I don’t solicit them, I’m happy to accept and receive samples from wineries, distributors or other merchants. While all will be tasted –usually grouped with other same or similar varietals, styles or areas– I can’t guarantee that all will be noted or reviewed. Those that I like and can recommend will be.

For delivery details, please get in touch.

And finally, to be clear: I have no financial interest in any winery, wine shop, or merchant. I do not accept advertising from individual wineries, wine shops, grower associations or merchants. Further, in its 11 years on the web, Piran Café has never solicited or accepted sponsored posts, paid reviews or complimentary stays. That won’t change.

Questions? Again, get in touch.

Thanks for reading,
Bob
Ljubljana, Slovenia

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