#WineWednesday Spotlight #122: Santomas Refošk

Wine enthusiast Jim van Bergen has an entertaining wine blog that driven by his passion for finding wines that his readers will enjoy, want to share, and love to taste. In one of his latest posts, he highly recommends Etty Lewensztain’s PLONK Wine Club as a holiday gift: Etty is a sommelier who sources delicious world wines at under $30/bottle. She curates artisanal, small-batch, sustainably grown, organic and biodynamic boutique wines from around the globe for PLONK. Etty’s club is designed for both the new wine lover who wants to learn about wine, as well as those like myself – jaded oenophiles who know what they like but like trying new and exciting things, and LOVE finding new, small-batch producers who are making their way in the world offering tremendous values. . . . . Why do I like her approach? Well first, I liked her wine choices. They’re great! He particularly enjoyed the Santomas Refošk 2015, included in one of the club shipments: Color is deep garnet, with an opaque center. The nose offers dark red fruit, heat, eucalyptus, and forest floor. On the palate, I received full-bodied sour cherry, red plum, with strong tannins and mouthwatering acidity. Final … Continue reading #WineWednesday Spotlight #122: Santomas Refošk

Wine Awesomeness: Best Wine Club for Beginners

Launched in 2012, Wine Awesomeness is a popular wine club focused on helping millennials learn about cool wines from around the world without being pretentious. Their curatorial team, led by a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year, “combs the globe to find the coolest, craveworthiest wines. This is vino you don’t see everyday, but will want to drink everyday.” The club was recently reviewed by Reviews.com, a website providing Product reviews, testings, and comparisons. The Reviews.com team looked at twenty online wine clubs and reduced the list to eight contenders and three final picks, based on how well they introduce curious drinkers to the depth and breadth of the world of wine in a affordable way. Wine Awesomeness was their pick for the Best Wine Club for Beginners: For the beginning wine enthusiast, Wine Awesomeness delivers a great experience at an affordable price (even the name seems targeted for a millennial audience). A price of $45 gets you three wines a month, and you can choose among red only, white only, a variety pack (including the chance for rosé or bubbly), or a $75 mondo pack featuring six wines. Each delivery arrives in a fun blue box with a … Continue reading Wine Awesomeness: Best Wine Club for Beginners

Introducing Club Vino Danubia

Perhaps you have heard the expression “Ask and you shall receive”? Over the years, many of you have asked us for a wine club or a way to save on ever increasing shipping costs. Well, we are excited to announce that we have an answer to your requests: Club Vino Danubia! The main benefit of the club is free UPS Ground shipping on all orders of a multiple of 6 bottles. That means you can stock up without worrying about any extra shipping fees! There are so many other advantages to becoming a member: pre-sale offering of new wines, an exclusive newsletter with special offers and pairing suggestions, as well as special wine consulting assistance. We invite you to join today for the low annual fee of $49. If you order just twice a year, the membership practically pays for itself. Join now by clicking here. After signing up, take advantage of your membership and purchase one of our 6-pack Danubia samplers. This 6-Bottle sampler includes three whites: the 2014 Bernreiter Grüner Veltliner from Austria, the 2013 Brkić Čitlučka Žilavka from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the 2014 Gere Olaszrizling from Hungary, and three reds: the 2012 Dingač Pelješac from Croatia, the 2013 … Continue reading Introducing Club Vino Danubia

The Wine Century Club Turns 4!

The Wine Century Club celebrates its 4th anniversary this week. Becoming an honorary member of the exlusive Wine Century Club is easy and fun. This funky club has no membership fees, no monthly wine shipments, and no entry exams. The only requirement is that you’ll have to taste wines made from at least 100 different grape varietals. We help you to achieve this lofty goal. In our wine-web shop we offer more than three dozen different varietals, many you have never heard of and much less tasted before. Be adventurous and have some fun: Try something new today! Auxerrois – Babich – Bena – Blatina – Blaufrankisch – Bouvier – Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Sauvignon – Chardonnay – Cserszegi Fuszeres – Debejan – Debit – Frankovka – Furmint – Gamay – Gewurztraminer – Grasevina – Gruner Veltliner – Irsai Oliver – Harslevelu – Kadarka – Kekfrankos – Kerner – Kiralyleanyka – Krkosija – Krstac – Lasin – Malvasia – Marastina – Merlot – Muskat Lunel – Muskat Ottonel – Olaszrizling – Pinela – Pinot Blanc – Pinot Gris – Pinot Noir – Plavac Mali – Plavina – Posip – Refosk – Riesling – Rotgipfler – Rumeni Plavec – Saemling – … Continue reading The Wine Century Club Turns 4!

A Taste of Slovenia at CAV

The tasting menu and apparently a complimentary pen. Last Saturday, CAV hosted a tasting of Slovenian wines. Enjoying at the bar Naturally, such a tasting wouldn’t be proper without Frank Dietrich from Blue Danube Wine in attendance to point out the various facets of the extremely long list of wines. In case you missed it, stay up to date at the News & Events section on this site as well as my twits that I write about wines and events in San Francisco. And what it list it was, drifting from whites to reds, to desserts. It showed that not only is Emil able to somehow talk these very small producers in to exporting, but also that Slovenia is really producing a great wealth of wines these days. Starting with such wines as the Guerila Pinela those in attendance wandered in to the Batič Cabernet Franc and Batič Rosso 2005 (which I hadn’t tasted previously, but found to be one of my new favorite vintages). Batič at the ready Then it was off to the bolder reds such as Santomas Big Red and Santomas Antonius to experience the great, full-bodied Refošk that the Slovenes on the coast are producing. Closing … Continue reading A Taste of Slovenia at CAV