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A Taste of Croatia

A Taste of Croatia

This is a wonderful cookbook written and self-published by Karen Evenden. Actually, it is partially a travel log since Karen and her husband were sailing in the Adriatic Sea for a number of years. These travels along the Dalmatian coast and what she has been cooking herself during that time inform the recipes as much as her love of Croatia. The book has practical tips and illustrations to give you a good idea what it is like to live in the Croatian archipelago. A very personal cook book...

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Batič

Batič

“Should Saint Médard's day be wet, it will rain for forty yet.” The old saying came true in my very first year as farmer. The rain kept pouring day after day. There was an abundance of porcini that year. Grapes, on the other hand, did not do so well. The vineyard herbal preparation were unable to cope with the deluge. When I no longer saw a way out, I turned to my father for advice. He said: “You've done everything in your power. Believe in yourself and...

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The Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story

The Best White Wine on Earth: The Riesling Story

In this vibrant, one-of-a-kind guide to one of the most sought-after white wines today, wine authority, author, and Riesling enthusiast Stuart Pigott shares his personal stories of the world of top winemakers, sommeliers, and restaurateurs who are as devoted to Riesling as he is. Pigott travels to the great Riesling-producing areas of the world—from the North American regions of the Finger Lakes, Upper Midwest, Canada, Oregon, and California to Switzerland, Northern Italy, Australia, New...

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Cracking Croatian Wine

Cracking Croatian Wine

Croatia welcomes more than 11 million visitors each year. The challenge for Croatia as a wine destination is that their experience of the local flavors tends to be incidental. Often, visitors bounce around the country swiftly and end up tasting some substandard, local wines that make them think that Croatia produces only cheap and average-tasting wines. The truth can't be further from that. Croatia is making some of the most exciting wines in Europe. Let us help you find them! Cracking...

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Croatian Wine Guide

Croatian Wine Guide

The guide covers the main wine regions in both, continental and coastal Croatia and presents many important wine makers. Very nicely illustrated, this is a great introduction to Croatian wine culture today. By Davor Butković and published by the Croatian National Tourist Board. Download the guide here Acrobat pdf document (5MB)

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Culinaria Hungary

Culinaria Hungary

This is one of the finest books in the Culinaria series by German publishers Koenemann. They are all very nicely illustrated with colorful pictures of the land, the people, and the food. They provide a superb and enjoyable introduction to the cuisine of the featured country. This one on Hungarian food is no exception it even covers some information on Hungarian wines. Culinaria Hungary is now available in English as a paperback. I know that it has been published originally in Hungarian and...

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Food Wine Budapest

Food Wine Budapest

A publication written by Carolyn Banfalvi, an American expatriate living in Budapest. Covers pretty much everything related to food and beverages, coffee houses, restaurants, wine bars and wine shops in this exciting city. Excellent photography gives you a good flavor what to expect. Detailed addresses make it easy for you to explore the culinary wonders of this illustrious city at the Danube River or the Duna, as the Hungarians...

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Georgia. Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine

Georgia. Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine

Georgia, Sakartvelo: the Birthplace of Wine by Terry and Kathy Sullivan reveals a cultural world unknown to many people. The country of Georgia is located to the east of the Black Sea between the Greater Caucasus Mountains and the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. This is a land with a Mediterranean climate where wine, history, food and religion intermix. The people in this region have been making wine continuously for 8,000 years. Discover the qvevri winemaking method that has been used to make...

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Icewine: The Complete Story

Icewine: The Complete Story

"Icewine" by the Canadian expert John Schreiner is THE book on this exotic type of wine. True ice wines (German: Eiswein) are only produced in a handful of countries including in particular Austria, Germany, and Canada. Only in these countries does it get cold enough so that the last remaining grapes of a vintage will freeze on the vine. Typically this occurs around Christmas in the early morning hours. With the effect of global warming it gets more and more difficult to produce ice wines...

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For the Love of Wine by Alice Feiring

For the Love of Wine by Alice Feiring

In 2011 when Alice Feiring first arrived in Georgia, she felt as if she’d emerged from the magic wardrobe into a world filled with mythical characters making exotic and delicious wine with the low-tech methods of centuries past. She was smitten, and she wasn’t alone. This country on the Black Sea has an unusual effect on people; the most passionate rip off their clothes and drink wines out of horns while the cold-hearted well up with tears and make emotional toasts. Visiting winemakers...

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Slovenia Travel Guide by Tripedia

Slovenia Travel Guide by Tripedia

Slovenia is small but an absolutely beautiful country to discover in Central Europe. Despite its small territory, Slovenia has impressive ranges of world famous landscapes: mountains, lakes, underground caves and coastline are just a few of them. With its huge amount of hiking trails, Slovenia is the ideal destination for those who like challenging hikes as well as those who are more into easy stroll. As many European countries, Slovenia has beautiful unique architectures worth visiting and a...

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The Wines of Hungary

The Wines of Hungary

Hungary has 22 wine regions, and a once-proud tradition that had to be completely reinvented after 45 years of communism—during which time the entire structure of grape growing and wine production was altered beyond recognition. This fascinating reference details that readjustment, which continues to this day, and shows how it has developed through privatization, foreign investment, and the dedication of small producers who struggle to achieve quality standards despite a chronic lack of...

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Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition by Miles Lambert-Gócs

Tokaji Wine: Fame, Fate, Tradition by Miles Lambert-Gócs

The world’s first botrytis wine, Hungary's Tokaji won an enviable reputation centuries ago, but never before have the development of its wine types and the story of its ups and downs in fame and prestige been presented so fully in English. Relying on an array of Hungarian source materials, author Miles Lambert-Gócs sets the information out in encyclopedia fashion, with easily digested, A-to-Z entries that discuss the people, places, vineyard-tracts, grape varieties, and wine-making...

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Tokaj: A Companion for the Bibulous Traveler

Tokaj: A Companion for the Bibulous Traveler

By David Copp, with many illustrations, and addresses. Learn what makes Hungary’s Tokaji wine country one of the world’s finest vinicultural regions, and how best to tour this ancient land famous for its nectar of the vine in this resource. Detailed maps of each area are also included. You'll find the book on Amazon here

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TOKAJ people and vineyards by Dániel Kézdy

TOKAJ people and vineyards by Dániel Kézdy

"Liberty, love! These two I need." (Sándor Petőfi, the famous Hungarian poet) Those who visit the Tokaj wine region will find both liberty and love. Freedom is represented by the never-ending and diverse natural wonders found from the Zemplén hills to the Bodrogköz (the geographical entity that lies between the Tisza and Bodrog rivers). Love is embodied by the wine itself, as well as by the centuries-old culture surrounding this unique wine region which captures everyone's heart. This...

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Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia

Uncorking the Caucasus: Wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia

Uncorking the Caucasus by authors Dr Matthew Horkey and Charine Tan is about the wines from Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia. Part travel narrative and part wine guide, this book will take the readers on a tasting tour through the wine regions in the three countries, recommend the best wine each place has to offer, provide anecdotal insights into the wine culture of each country, and discuss the history of ancient winemaking based on archeological evidence and folklores. Based on the authors'...

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Vinologue: Dalmatia

Vinologue: Dalmatia

This is the first comprehensive guide to the wines in the Croatian region of Dalmatia. It covers all the major wine growing areas of the Croatian coast such as: Skradin, Hvar, Brač, Vis, Korčula, Postup, Dingač, and Konavle. Ever wonder what Crljenak Kaštelanski and Dobričić have to do with Plavac Mali? Where does Zinfandel fit in this? What does Pošip taste like? The guide covers the history of these major grape varietals that are native to the regions, as well as others you may...

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Vinologue: Georgia

Vinologue: Georgia

Georgia is one of, if not the oldest place in the world where wine has been made. For 8,000 years they’ve continually produced wine within their borders making for a fascinating crossroads of viticulture. A storied past, including being one of the republics of the USSR, this mountainous country on the Black Sea is finally getting recognition for its unique and wonderful wines. With their own native grapes including Rkatsiteli, Saperavi, Chinuri, Aladasturi, Krakhuna, Kisi, and over 400...

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Vinologue: Herzegovina

Vinologue: Herzegovina

A generally unknown region, overshadowed by its flashy coastal neighbor of Dalmatia, Herzegovina in greater Bosnia & Herzegovina has been producing quality wine for literally thousands of years. Not familiar with Žilavka and Blatina? These two grape varietals form the backbone of their wine industry and this guide talks about them in great detail, along with taking visitors through this compact, delicious, and naturally beautiful wine region. With GPS coordinates to the wineries and other...

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Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power

Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power

Volcanic Wines takes a novel approach to the world of wine, using volcanic soil as the overarching theme and link between a wide range of grapes and wine regions. Wine professionals are already deeply attuned to the impact of terroir and soil type on wine characteristics and quality. While consumers tend to rely on grape variety as their main purchasing cue, as the market broadens and general knowledge of wine expands, terroir now figures more prominently in their thinking. It's more widely...

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Wines of Balkans

Wines of Balkans

The mission of Wines of Balkans is to propagate wine culture in the Balkan region, share relevant vinous information and connect wine lovers from all over the world. The ultimate goal is to turn Wines of Balkans into a strong regional brand, genuinely respected in the world of wine lovers of all colours and from all walks of life. The website follows wine-related activities in 12 countries considered a part of the Balkan wine region: Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,...

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Wines of Slovenia

Wines of Slovenia

This is the big book on Slovenian wines, written by Dr. Julij Nemanič and Dr. Janez Bogataj, both prominent Slovenian oenologists. The guide was first published in Lubljana in 2004 in Slovenian and English language versions. Organized by producers and wine regions this guide introduces several hundred top Slovenian wines and pictures their bottles in gorgeous full page photographs. Buy it on Amazon

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Wine Atlas of Germany

Wine Atlas of Germany

Featuring sixty-seven exceptional color maps as well as eighty-seven vivid images by photographer Hendrik Holler and others, this is the most comprehensive and up-to-date atlas of German wine—a detailed reference to vineyards and appellations. The authors explain the geography of all the German wine-growing regions and provide independent analysis and ranking of the most significant vineyards in each region. In addressing the growing American appreciation of German wines, the atlas pays...

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Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine

Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine will help you make sense of it all in a unique infographic wine book. Designed by the creators of WineFolly.com, which has won Wine Blogger of the Year from the International Wine & Spirits Competition, this book combines sleek, modern information design with data visualization and gives readers pragmatic answers to all their wine questions.

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Zinfandel: A Croatian-American Wine Story

Zinfandel: A Croatian-American Wine Story

By Jasenka Piljac Žegarac The idea that Zinfandel originates from coastal Dalmatia has been drifting in scientific circles for at least 20 years. The motivating force behind this claim in the US and the main advocate of 'Croatian Zinfandel' was Mike Grgich, a renowned Californian winemaker and enthusiast of Croatian descent. At the time when I joined the Meredith team as a research assistant in 1997, Professor Meredith informed me about her plans to visit Croatia and start collaboration...

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