Free tasting | Friday, February 2, 2018 | 5-7PM
Finding wine from countries that you don’t normally associate with wine is a tough job (not really), but someone’s gotta do it. We have a handful of wines from present-day Slavic nations, including Czech and Slovakian wine from the West, and Croatian, Bulgarian, and Macedonian wine from the South. Get adventurous and taste Slavic wines with us – we guarantee you’ve never had any of them before!
2016 Strekov Rozália – South Slovakia, $34
This Rozália pét-nat is from St. Laurent grapes, which are hand harvested by winemaker Zsolt Sütó and his team in the village of Strekov. Zsolt’s fermentations take place in open topped barrels with no sulfur and no intervention. At first sip of this gently fizzy wine, you experience notes of peaches, apricots and rhubarb jam. It finishes mostly dry with a touch of residual sugar making it a hit at any stage of your night - before dinner, during, or after. It’s absolutely scrumptious!
2014 Benvenuti Malvasia – Istria, Croatia, $17
The Croatian Benvenuti (“welcome”) winery is situated in the quiet Istrian village of Kaldir where they grow three grape varietals – Malvasia Istriana, Muscat, and Teran. Malvasia Istriana is now recognized as the leading Istrian grape variety and one of the most important indigenous Croatian varieties. The terraced vineyards are situated on white soil where the grapes are grown between 250 and 400 meters high. This Malvasia is harmonious and full-bodied. It is exceptionally fresh and mineral-driven, tropical-fruity and very drinkable.
2015 Vino z Czech, St. Laurent – Moravia, Czech Republic, $19
Vino z Czech (“wine from Czech”) is a portfolio of specially selected collection of wines from the South Moravian region of the Czech Republic. With the assistance of some of the top sommeliers in the region, Vino z Czech’s selection of hand-crafted, estate-bottled wines are labeled using the artwork of a famous Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha, who was born in 1860 in South Moravia. Most of the wines in the Vino z Czech portfolio are from small wineries including this St. Laurent wine from Znovín Znojmo Winery. This winery is a converted Medieval monastery, which manages privately owned vineyards in Znojmo. Znojmo was recognized with a VOC designation (like AOC in France, or DOC in Italy) when the classification system was introduced to the Czech Republic in 2009. This St. Laurent sees no oak, and has notes of blackberries, slight clove, and fennel seed.
2012 Tikves Barovo – Vardar River Valley, Republic of Macedonia, $23
In the Republic of Macedonia, surrounded by mountainous terrain, the Tikves Winery has been creating wine since 1885. They only use grapes native to Macedonia, like Kratosija and Vranec, in this red blend. The grapes were grown in an abandoned village called Barovo, and the juice was then aged in a combination of concrete (30% for 15 months) and French oak barrels (70% for a year) before being deemed wild enough to bottle. Tikves Winery aims to convey the natural, wild rugged beauty of Macedonia in their wines, and with rich cedar, plum, and meaty notes, they certainly deliver!
2015 Minkov Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon – Thracian Valley, Bulgaria, $20
Karnobat has long been the site of some of the most exciting wines from Bulgaria; this winery is named after the famous Minkov Brothers, a trio of brothers who won an award at an international wine fair in the late 19th century. Now, on the same land, the Minkov Brothers are creating unique and daring wines. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in barrique and has notes of wild raspberries, vanilla, and chocolate.