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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!
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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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