a guided tour through Slovenia’s wine regions – Vipava Valley This blog entry is a shameless plug for a guided tour through Slovenia’s wine regions, commencing on October 10 to 18 or on a second date, November 7 to 15, 2008. Insider’s Slovenia If you have never been to Slovenia this is your chance to visit her vineyards in style. Just take a look at this gorgeous brochure and you’ll see that Slovenia could be considered the Promised Land – if not of milk and honey then of excellent wine and gourmet food. This tour is not cheap but worth it if you can shell out $7,380 PLUS airfare. At least you don’t have to bring some change to buy a glass of wine. Enjoy your trip! Let me just add that I had the good fortune to travel through Slovenia’s wine country with Emil Gaspari, our importer friend and owner of Slovenian Premium Wines. Emil knows and loves his home country and he was a superb guide to the estates of his portfolio. What a pleasant and informative way to get to know the wine makers and their terroir.
Our choice of bottle for the evening. Prague has fully opened up as a tourist destination over the last decade or so. The country that was literally joined at the hip with Slovakia has come in to its own for those seeking the almighty “safe” destination to holiday in the formerly scary Eastern Europe. Naturally, Prague is better known for its light, easy to drink, yet delicious beers. But, with the influx of tourists has come the rise of the wine bar. There are a good many around the city including Le Terroir, Cellarius, Viniční Altán, and Bandol. But, the one that really caught my attention was Vinárna Bokovka. Outside Bokovka For starters, this wine bar is only a wine bar. A great many of the others moonlight as restaurants or vice versa. Also, this wine bar is immediately given a touch of artistic class because it was started by Jan Hřebejk and David Ondřiček who are two Czech film directors. The name of the bar? That means, “Sideways” in Czech and yes, you can indeed buy the movie of the same name as well as t-shirts from the bar which were unfortunately out when I was there. The bar … Continue reading Evening at Vinárna Bokovka