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Newsletter: August 2012


 
Kudos to all our talented winemakers!
This summer, Wine & Spirits Magazine published excellent reviews of our Slovenian producers Kabaj, Kogl, and Batič:
Wine & Spirits Kabaj, Kogl, Batic
91 Points Kabaj 2006 Goriška Brda Cuvée Morel: Winemaker Jean-Michel Morel bases this blend on merlot (60 percent) along with cabernets sauvignon and franc and a small amount of petit verdot. But it is not merlot-easy. The musky scent and potent, gravelly tannins made it austere, a powerful, chewy red that needs bottle age. Already sophisticated, with a bit of a swagger in its personality, this is built to cellar.
91 Points Kabaj 2009 Goriška Brda Ravan: Ravan is another name for zeleni sauvignon, which is [tokaj] friulano across the border in Friuli. This one is golden in color and massively fruity, balancing its grassy passionfruit flavors with a clean, tense line of acidity. It ends on a smoky note. A match for roast partridge.
88 Points Kabaj 2009 Goriška Brda Rebula (Best Buy): Deep gold in color and smoky in its scent, this wine focuses on lees and tannins, holding juicy apple flavors underneath. The structure lends it a pleasing textual roundness, finishing firm, almost gruff. For braised dark meat chicken.
92 Points Kabaj 2007 Goriška Brda Amphora: Fermented as whole berries in buried clay amphorae, this rests and clarifies in sealed vessels for ten months before racking to oak tanks for another year. The blend is primarily ribolla along with malvasia and friulano, coming together in something grand. The texture is juicy, the structure tannic and tight, the flavors more meaty than fruity, somewhere between halvah and the crown roast of pork with which it would be delicious.
91 Points Kogl 2010 Podravje Mea Culpa Pinot Gris (Best Buy): a pinot gris with clean flavors of the grape, this layers pears and whetstone scents with pale wheat. It's lush and creamy while holding to freshness. Serve this cellar temperature with an oyster pan roast.
86 Points Kogl 2010 Podravje Belo (Best Buy): equal parts riesling, sauvignon and chardonnay, this packs floral scents of lilies into a crisp white with spice to match its vibrant acidity. For afternoon, sipping.
90 Points Batic 2009 Vipavska Dolina Pinot Gris: the color is a rosé tawny, the grape flavors edging toward red as well, with a hint of cranberry and tangerine. This is austerely dry, a meaty, full-bodied, flinty white to serve with roast veal.
Törley Gála, a Top 100 Values of the Year.
Moreover, our Törley Gála was recognized as one of the Wine & Spirits Magazine 2012 100 Top Value Brands of the Year and also received a Best Buy designation:
Törley Gála 2012 100 Top Value Brands87 Points Törley Etyek Gála Sec (Best Buy): a charmat-method blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, riesling and királyleányka, this is frothy and floral. The clean, crisp red apple and green pear flavors make it a refreshing aperitif or companion to a seafood curry.
Our Törley Hungaria Grande Cuvée was also granted a Best Buy designation:
86 Points Törley Etyek Hungaria Grande Cuvée Brut (Best Buy): Törley's flagship bottling, this is a blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and riesling fermented in bottle and left on the lees for a year and a half. broad and full with sweet red apple flavors, it's weighted for richer dishes, like biscuits and gravy at brunch.
Geyerhof wines awarded 90+ points.
Our Austrian bio-estate Geyerhof continues to garner high praise from wine critics. In their Buying Guide from the July edition, the Wine Enthusiast awarded 90+ points to two Gruner Veltliner: Steinleithn and Gaisberg, both from organically farmed premier cru vineyards:
Wine Enthusiast Geyerhof
93 Points Geyerhof 2010 Steinleithn Erste Lage Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal): Steely and mineral in character, this is a taut, nervy wine. It has great acidity and balance, with green fruit and sliced apple flavors. Keep for 3–4 years. Screwcap.
92 Points Geyerhof 2010 Gaisberg Erste Lage Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Kremstal): While the wine is technically dry, its richness gives it a sweeter sensation. The ripe apricot and pineapple fruit is cut with knife-like acidity, allowing this concentrated wine to remain poised, with a crisp finish.
The Kirchensteig Vineyard was a cellar selection, online exclusive:

93 Points Geyerhof 2010 Kirchensteig Erste Lage Reserve Riesling (Kremstal): One of a series of great single-vineyard wines from Geyerhof, this is as impressive as the rest. It has weight, complexity and richness. Its perfumed fruits provide a delicate counterpoint to the acidity, taut minerality and herbal edge. For aging over at least five years.
And in his review of Grüner Veltliner wines, Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle marvels about the Geyerhof 2010 Gaisberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner: "The Maier family has long occupied a lesser known part of the Kremstal, on the south side of the Danube. While their Rosensteig is beautifully refreshing, the loess-filled Gaisberg vineyard offers up Gruner as meditative object: White spices and red apple, with all the Kremstal's filigreed delicacy but also a heady, warm side of ripe quince, pear liqueur and marjoram. Think sturgeon."
Can you taste terroir?
In their Fall 2012 special issue, Wine & Spirits Magazine introduces the Terroir Top 100, 100 wines that “rocked our critics over the last 12 months, wines that transport us to another place: These 100 terroir-expressive selections make us believe that the earth, the sun, the wind and the rain are present in the glass, their combination distinctive and delicious.” The only Croatian wine in the TOP 100 is our Intrada Pošip by Krajančić. Čestitam, Luka!
Wine & Spirits Krajančić Intrada
90 Points Krajančić 2009 Korčula Intrada Pošip Terroir score 6.2: Korcula is basically a sun-drenched, 100-square mile chunk of karst off the coast of Croatia. The climate is Mediterranean, and water is scarce, as it drains right through the limestone. Tasting Luca Krajancic's Intrada, it tastes as through its pošip vines must have developed a taste for seawater in self-defense, it is so mouth-wateringly saline, with a sunny, fresh orange marmelade flavor to balance. There is no need to be familiar with the Dalmatian Coast to "get" this wine: it's the sort of wine that immediately brings to mind seaside vacations and seafood in tis flavors and feel.
These exceptional wines are currently available on our web store:
2006 Kabaj Cuvée Morel $39.95
2009 Kabaj Ravan $24.95
2009 Kabaj Rebula $24.95
2007 Kabaj Amfora $89.95
2010 Kogl Pinot Gris $18.95
2009 Batič Pinot Gris $26.95
Törley Hungaria Grande Cuvée
$16.95
2010 Geyerhof Gaisberg 1ste Lage $38.95

 

Newsletter: May 2012


 
The Great GoogaMoogaGet ready for GoogaMooga!!! The Great GoogaMooga is coming to Brooklyn this weekend. GoogaMooga is a music festival in historic Prospect Park with a spotlight on the food and the wine. A feast of elevated street food will be served, including foie gras doughnuts, dirty duck dogs, and pork-belly-shawarma tacos.
Blue Danube will be there with our special guests Ildikó Eszterbauer from the Eszterbauer winery in Szekszard and her fiancé and vineyard manager Miklós Klein.
We'll be serving a selection of Eszterbauer wines as well as our Croatian best sellers, the BIBICh R6 Riserva and Dingač Pelješac. The Črnko Jareninčan, a juicy 1 Liter blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, will be our “housewine” for the event.
Eszterbauer handout2011 Eszterbauer Chardonnay $12.95
2011 Eszterbauer Öröm Rosé $14.95
2009 Eszterbauer Kadarka Nagyapám $17.95
2008 Eszterbauer Tüke Bikavér $24.95
2009 BIBICh R6 Riserva $18.95
2010 Dingač Pelješac $12.95
2010 Črnko Jareninčan $12.95
Meet Ildikó and Miklós in New York City

Ildikó Eszterbauer and Miklós KleinIldikó Eszterbauer and vineyard manager Miklós Klein will be pouring their wines for the first time in New York at Alphabet City Wine Co. in the East Village on Friday, May 18th from 6 to 9pm.
Next week, Miklós and Ildikó will be at Anfora's Producer Night on Tuesday, May 22. Then on Wednesday, May 23, they will be hosting a Hungarian Wine Class & Dinner at Terroir Murray Hill from 7:30-9:00pm. The wines will be accompanied by seasonal salads, spring bruschetta’s and an array of fried treats. Only $30 for food, wine and good times!
There is some action for our friends in California, too: Mark your calendars for a Wines of Croatia tasting in the heart of Silicon Valley at Cafe Torre in Cupertino, Thursday, June 7th from 6 to 9pm. More information to come.

 

Newsletter: April 2012


 
Anthony Bourdain visits the Croatian Coast
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Anthony Bourdain thanking the Bibich family on his knees - Courtesy of Ante Pižić
New York chef Anthony Bourdain's latest No Reservations episode featuring the Croatian Coast was recently aired on the TRAVEL channel and since then, the office phone has been ringing off the hook. During his visit to Skradin, he met Alen Bibich of the Bibich Winery and his family, and enjoyed the wines from the Bibich cellar. Meanwhile, The R6 arrives 'Just-In-Time' this month!

2009 BIBICh R6 Riserva $18.95

When Anthony Bourdain said "that is F*#@ing good wine" and asked for a toga, during a visit to Alen Bibich in Skradin, there is a good chance he was referring to BIBICh R6. It is also a favorite of ours and 09 was a premier vintage. Pound for pound this might be Croatia's most popular wine. Stay tuned for more wines from Bibich, his whites are en-route.

Meet Axel and Herta Steigelmar of Weingut Juris
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With a passion for Burgundy, hands on experience with California Pinot Noir, and from a family that has been making wine in Austria's Burgenland since 1571, we are thrilled to host Axel and Herta Stieglmar of Juris Winery along with Pannonian inspired small bites at Bar Tartine. If you're into Pinot Noir, curious about the grape St. Laurent's Burgundian lineage, and want the opportunity to taste older vintages not available anywhere else in the United States, please join us.
April 30, 2012 in San Francisco:
Pannonian wines & flavors at Bar Tartine http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/245190
May 03, 2012 in Los Angeles:
Meet Winemaker Axel Steigelmar at Buzz Wine and Beer http://www.bluedanubewine.com/news_events/
May 04, 2012 in Beverly Hills:
A pairing of Austrian Artisans at Bier Beisl http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/421303

Just in! Coastal Croatian reds
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The Dalmatian Donkeys have arrived!

We have been waiting on these wines for weeks. After a record number of delays, they have finally arrived!

2010 Dingač Plavac $12.95
2010 Dingač Pelješac $12.95
2008 Dingač Postup $24.95

Clocking it at a whopping 12.7% abv. the 2010 PLAVAC and PELJEŠAC (the later harvest, fruitier version of PLAVAC) boast almost a full degree more alcohol than previous incarnations. When we saw this we were like, what gives? We liked them light! A bit more nosing around revealed a distinctive "Freškina" note (scent of the sea) not before present in either. The answer, Postup. Second to the steep slopes of Dingac, Postup is the Peninsula of Peljesac's most celebrated cru, some argue, in fact its best. Instead of the light pleasant Plavac based wines produced from the cooler, more fertile Zupa Valley where PLAVAC and PELJEŠAC traditionally comes from, the sun baked vineyards of POSTUP produce salty, concentrated wines with upwards of 17% alcohol, but remarkable vitality. The addition of Postup fruit to PLAVAC and PELJEŠAC makes for different wines, but the welcome sort. The 08 POSTUP is not 17%, but you will get the idea.

2008 Miloš Plavac $24.95
2005 Miloš Stagnum $49.95

MILOŠ is very much a fairy tale producer. A singular amphitheater vineyard surrounded by hand stacked stone walls, wild scrub and sea views, no other vineyards, no machines. Half a mile away is the 500 year old cellar/home of the MILOŠ family where winemaker Frano MILOŠ was born. There is brett in the wines but if this is all you see you should not be drinking wine, because mostly they are magic.

 

Newsletter: February 2012


 
BlueDanubeThere's some exciting news coming this month: Frank, Stetson, and Eric will be traveling to Austria, Hungary, and Croatia and visit some of our favorite producers including Geyerhof, J.Heinrich, Juris, and Sommer in Austria, and Attila Gere, Bott, Eszterbauer, Patricius, and Törley in Hungary. In Budapest, they'll participate to Furmint February, a major wine tasting event whose purpose is to promote Furmint wines. They'll come back with plenty of stories, tasting notes and a glimpse of the quality of the new vintage. Stay tuned!

2006 J&J Eger Eged-Hegy Dülö Kékfrankos, LA Times wine of the week

J&J KékfrankosLast month, the 2006 J&J Eger Eged-Hegy Dülö Kékfrankos was the LA Times Wine of the Week.
“What a wonderful find at less than $25,” critic Irene Virbila says about the wine. “Its lively acidity and complexity make it a beautiful wine with food, especially roasted or braised lamb or beef, grilled sausages and chops. I drank it with braised lamb shanks and beans.”
2006 J&J Eger Eged-Hegy Dülö Kékfrankos $12.95

It's Winter, it's oyster, it's Dungeness crab season

Dungeness crabWhat goes well with the tangy brininess and metallic flavor of wild Maine Belon oysters? Read our story, you'll be surprised. Find out which wine is absolutely delicious with the sweet and nutty meat of the Dungeness crab. Indulge yourself with a glass of Tokaji Aszu, the perfect wine for the chilly nights of winter and learn more about the wines of Tokaj. Check our blog regularly for more stories.
2006 Miloš Plavac $24.95
2010 Geyerhof Grüner Veltliner Rosensteig $24.95
Patricius Red Leonis Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos $20.95
Patricius Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos $39.95
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Last December, we published our Top 5 wines for 2011. Here they are (and we hope they're your favorite too!). Please note that we are currently sold out of the Donkey Peljesac and BIBICh R6 Riserva. Both wines are currently being prepared for shipping. Due to the severe cold spell in Central Europe which extends even into the Adriatic Sea the shipment is delayed until temperatures come back to normal:
No 1: Donkey Peljesac, Plavac Mali, Vinarija Dingac, Peljesac Peninsula 2010 $12.95
No 2: Geyerhof: Gruner Veltliner Rosensteig, Kremstal 2009 $24.95
No 3: Bibich, B6 Riserva, Northern Dalmatia 2008 $18.95
No 4: Eszterbauer Kadarka, Szekszard 2009 $17.95
No 5: Kabaj Rebula, Goriska Brda 2008 $24.95

Friendly reminder: Valentine's day is around the corner

TorleyDon't forget our offering of bubbly wines for Valentine's day. They're crafted by Törley Cellars, the leading producer on the Hungarian sparkling wine market:
Gála $12.95 is a refreshing dry sparkling wine.
Fortuna $12.95 is the aromatic favorite of many Hungarians.
Hungaria Grande Cuvée $16.95 is an elegant, brut wine.
Tokaji Doux $18.95 is a rare, deliciously sweet sparkling wine.

 

Newsletter: December 2011


 
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We are already in the midst of the Holiday Season and only now find some time to send our Newsletter out. As many of you know, we have been busy all year bringing more interesting wines to you. We are especially proud to now have representation in New York. On the picture you see our sales team with visiting Slovenian winemaker Jean Morel of Kabaj in the heart of Manhattan.
Next year we are planning to expand our coverage even more to make it easier for you to purchase your favorite wines from our portfolio.

Bubbles from Budapest

T-newsWe are very happy about the addition of sparkling wines from Hungary's premier producer Törley. You can choose between four different wines:
GALA $12.95 is a refreshing dry sparkling wine.
FORTUNA $12.95 is the aromatic favorite of many Hungarians.
HUNGARIA Grand Cuvée $16.95 is an elegant, brut wine.
TOKAJI $18.95 is a rare, deliciously sweet sparkling wine.

Prošek - a Dalmatian Classic

prosekProsek $16.95 is an authentic Croatian dessert wine, distilled from dried grapes of the finest indigenous Dalmatian varieties. Prosek is often served with desserts and well cooled, with a slice of lemon, it is a delicious refreshment and aperitif.
Note: This is a 1 Liter bottle, great value at a great price! The bottle comes with a screw cap and keeps fresh in the fridge for more than a week.

Chill with an Austrian Eiswein

eis-webToday we would like to offer you a very special wine at a very special price to enjoy during the holidays. It's an Austrian icewine made by WEINRIEDER - the King of Eiswein (only $29.95 instead of $49.95).
Wine Spectator Magazine rated this Riesling Eiswein with 92 points and said: "This has vibrant acidity and a full range of ripe apples and candied citrus flavors that are fringed by luscious spice, white peach and ripe cherry notes. Best from 2007 through 2015." Definitely world class!

Sweet Tokaji Magic

5puttThe 5 Puttonyos Tokaji Aszu 2000 is a very special Tokaji wine with absolutely lovely aromas produced by the renowned Patricius winery. Wine Spectator awarded it 94 points and listed it in 2009 in the Top 100 Wines. Until the New Year we offer this classic dessert wine at the special price of only $39.95. Another great choice is the 3 Puttonyos 2006 of the Red Lion line of the same estate at the low price of $20.95.

Shipping

Packages shipping to the Mid West and East Coast via UPS Ground will arrive by December 23rd if your order is placed by 12 Noon this Friday December 16th. West Coast orders can still ship early next week and will be delivered in time for Christmas.
We wish you very Happy Holidays!
Your Blue Danube Team

 

Newsletter: May, 2009


 
Enjingi Today, we are proud to add several premium quality wines from Slavonija's top wine makers Ivan Enjingi and Vlado Krauthaker to our portfolio. Until now we offered only a single Grasevina from Continental Croatia, the white wine Croatian's love to drink all summer long. It is a nice, easy-drinking wine from the Krizevci winery for only $11.95.
The Golden Valley and Ivan Enjingi
In the slim eastern stretch of Croatia, between Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina, is the region of Slavonia and the Valis Aurea, the Golden Valley. It is here, in Croatia’s bread basket, that Ivan Enjingi creates his masterful, expressive, award-winning wines. His vineyards include some of the best in the Golden Valley around Kutjevo, where white wine is predominant, including Grasevina and Rhein Riesling.
Enjingi also produces a beautifully made Zweigelt Barrique. which is reminiscent of an elegant Pinot Noir. Also of note is a unique late harvest wine named Venje. It is a special blend from several grapes and is only made in years with excellent growing conditions. Definitely world class!
Valis Aurea and Vlado Krauthaker
Krauthaker_logo Vlado Krauthaker is the other "big gun" in Kutjevo, producing consistently excellent wines, again predominantly white but with more and more red grapes planted. In our web store we feature his Merlot which demonstrates that Krauthaker can produce very tasty red wines. Still, his flagship wine is a Grasevina. which has been so popular that we only succeeded in receiving a handful bottles of the 2007 vintage. For our introduction we'll have to limit each customer to one single bottle! But you should also try his other white wines, a crisp Pinot Gris (Sivi Pinot), a semi-dry, rich Chardonnay from his top vineyard Rosenberg, and finally Krauthaker's Sauvignon Blanc, the wine selected by German airline Lufthansa to be poured in their First Class.
News & Events
Our calendar is packed with a number of interesting wine events in California. Important reminder: This week you can meet Tamara Glavina the wine maker of the Top Slovenian estate Santomas in Berkeley and L.A. We promise: She will pour memorable wines!
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Friday 5/8 - Berkeley - Caffe Venezia - Santomas Wine Maker Dinner

Sunday 5/10 - Los Angeles - Silverlake Wine - tastings at three with Tamara

Thursday 5/14 - Alameda - Alameda Wine Co. - Central Euro Flights - 6 - 8pm

Saturday 5/30 - Berkeley - Vintage Berkeley - New Arrivals - in both locations

We hope you can join us on one of these occasions.

 

Newsletter: April, 2009


 
herzegovina There is a great deal of truth in the saying that "good things come to those who wait" - at least that's what a Roman carving found in Herzegovina promises. We are very happy and proud to inform you that the wait is over. In the past two years we have been traveling in the heart of the Herzegovina wine country and visited many wineries around the famous city of Mostar. You can read all about our visits to Čitluk and Međugorje in our blog. At that time we discovered what a great wealth of wine was on offer in the Herzegovina region, but sadly, none of it was available here in the U.S.
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We have been working hard to bring you a very nice collection of nine wines from the well known Vinarija Čitluk in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The Čitluk winery produces a large variety of wine, many made from indigenous varietals like Zilavka, Blatina, and Vranac thus providing unique tastes from Herzegovina. We offer two lines here, the Quality wines and the top notch Premium or "Vrhunsko" wines, giving you the choice between two different price points. Our selections include several of the luscious white Zilavkas, several of the fruity red Blatinas, and even some Vranac' which people will find is quite different than what is being made across the border in Montenegro. For those looking to try a bit of everything AND to SAVE, we prepared the Premium Mostar and Value Herzegovina Six-Pack Samplers as well.
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Leaving Bosnia Herzegovina and going a little farther north along the Adriatic coast to Slovenia we arrive at the Santomas estate in Koper. Save the dates for the very first U.S. visit of Santomas wine maker Tamara Glavina. You can meet Tamara in person and taste her excellent wines at several events in the Bay Area and L.A. in the first week of May. Check out our News and Events section for details. As can be expected for a winery located in Slovenian Istria, Santomas focuses on the local specialties Refosk (also known as Teran in Croatia) for reds and Malvasia for white wines. Take a look at our selections of Santomas wines and mark your calendar to meet Tamara Glavina.

 

Newsletter: March, 2009


 
Axel Stieglmar, owner and wine maker at the JURIS estate in Burgenland, Austria is coming to the U.S. He has been invited by David Schildknecht of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate to participate in the first ever seminar on Austrian Pinot Noir at the World of Pinot Noir Festival in California.
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The Juris Winery is a family estate run by the Stiegelmar family for generations. It is located in Gols in the wine region Burgenland between Vienna and Budapest in the warm Pannonian climate with permeable soils of gravel and sand. These are ideal conditions for Juris to concentrate on Pinot Noir and related Burgundian grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and St.Laurent, an Austrian off-spring of the Pinot Noir.
"Total command of winemaking" is the goal, not to produce merely good or flashy wines. "We strive to produce wines with character and style that are well balanced and possess complexity, aging potential, and a certain elegance."
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If you can not make it to the World of Pinot Noir you have plenty of other opportunities to taste the JURIS wines and meet Axel. He will be traveling to Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and New York and Long Island. Please check our News and Events section for more details. And if all fails you can still order a bottle from our web store. As a special Thank You to our Newsletter readers we offer all JURIS wines at 15% off during the month of March. Visit our Store now and SAVE. (Discounts will show up on the invoice we'll send you.)
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Sunday 3/8 - Los Angeles - Silverlake Wine - tastings at three
Monday 3/9 - Hollywood - Lou on Vine - Wine Dinner
Wednesday 3/11 - Palo Alto - Lavanda - JURIS flight
Thurday 3/12 - Berkeley - Caffe Venezia - Austrian-Hungarian Wine Dinner
Saturday 3/14 - San Francisco - CAV Wine Bar - the best of JURIS
Monday 3/16 - Chicago - Novovino portfolio tasting (trade only)
Tuesday 3/17 - New York - La Tavola - Wine Dinner
Wednesday 3/18 - Long Island - Northport Tasting Room - Wine Dinner
As you can see, March is JURIS month at Blue Danube Wine Co. But rest assured, we keep all of our other selections from Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, and Slovenia ready for your purchase here.

 

Newsletter: February, 2009


 
Recently, there has been a good buzz around the web about our wines. Starting it all off was the ever-prolific Alder Yarrow writing about our Croatian wines in his well-known Vinography blog. It's a lengthy review covering six Croatian whites and six Croatian reds.
Our Slovenian wines got even two nice write-ups. One is by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, the author of numerous books on how to pair wine and food in his Full Circle Wine Solutions. For more information on a flight of fine Slovenian wines, take a look at what Catherine Granger wrote up on Purple Liquid. Also noteworthy that Catherine has created an interactive wine data base named ManageYourCellar which you can access on the web.
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For those who are thinking that perhaps it would be nice to actually taste these wines that others have been enjoying, there are a couple of upcoming events in the San Francisco Bay Area and in L.A. On the 16th & 17th of February, Nectar Wine Lounge will be holding an 'Island Hopping: glass-by-glass' presenting a smattering of wines from Slovenia and Croatia. Maybe a little something to nibble on with the wines? Sounds great to us. We're also happy to mention that the famous Cheese Store in Beverly Hills is having a Slovenian/Croatian wine tasting paired with exclusively selected cheeses from the Adriatic Sea on three evenings, February 17, 18 & 19.
Let's not forget about Hungary where the Budapest Daily Review published an article about how various types of Hungarian wines are marketed in the United States. A good read for those who wonder why this wine or that wine makes it to store shelves in the U.S.
And this just in: An online TV review of the great Kugler Riesling produced by our good Austrian partner Weinrieder one short hour drive north of Vienna. By the way: This wine scored a fantastic 92 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
As always, we like to keep on top of these articles and events in our News & Events as well as in our Blog. If you happen to get a bit thirsty after reading all this information, be assured that we stock everything talked about in our wine shop.

 

Newsletter: January, 2009


 
Happy New Year SALE
We wish all our friends and customers a Happy New Year. What better way to say Thank You for your continued support and interest in our wines than to offer you a special Happy New Year SALE. Stock up on your favorite wines and save a bundle as you enter 2009. Buy any 3 bottles or more and save 15%. Simply place your order in our web store< and we will automatically apply the discounts when we send you the invoice. Save up to 70% by purchasing from our large selection of already discounted SPECIALS. This offer is only available in January, please plan accordingly.
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In the News: We just posted on our blog a dozen reports by wine writer Katherine Camargo from her extensive trip to the main wine regions of Croatia. Read about her visits of the top estates and get to know key Croatian wine makers: Krauthaker and Enjingi in Kutjevo, Kozlovic in Istria, Katunar on the Island of Krk, Bura at the Dingac in Peljesac, Zlatan Plenkovic on the island of Hvar, and Marco Polo ;-) on Korcula. Her tasting notes will make you curious to taste the wines yourself. Luckily, many of these bottlings are available from us.
Finally, an invitation to join us in person: Our colleague Emil Gaspari of Slovenian Premium Wines is scheduled to host two tasting events of his excellent Slovenian portfolio in the San Francisco Bay Area. On Thursday, January 15th he will pour a Slovenian flight at Lavanda Restaurant and Wine Bar in Palo Alto. On Saturday, January 17th, our friends at CAV Wine Bar and Kitchen will open their doors for a comprehensive tasting of the new arrivals from Slovenia. Go to our web site for more information.
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Top: German New Year's card from early 20th century.
Middle: Niko Bura at a tasting in his winery in the Dingac vineyard on the Peljesac peninsula.
Bottom: The beautiful Vipava Valley, home of extraordinary wines (courtesy of Insider's Slovenia).

 
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