Dark nights make me yearn for rib-sticking cuisine and the wines to go with it.
August 2019 Wine Club
Off the Beaten Path
When we initially discovered Bulgarian wines, and then Moldovan wines, we got a LOT of questions. And comments. ‘I didn’t know they made wines there.’ ‘I’ve never heard of X place or Y grape variety.’ Even this: ‘Moldova-did you make that up?’ (Spoiler alert: No, we did not.) These areas have the same wine heritage as more familiar regions (France, Spain, Italy). They were colonized by Greeks, Romans, or both, who brought their wine culture with them. The big difference: a few centuries of Ottoman rule, Soviet influence, or both. But time and major investment heal all wounds and improve vineyards, too. These wines are good-sometimes great!-and the prices have not caught up. All of which is why we’re so excited to bring you two Macedonian wines this month. We’ve paired them up with a couple of southern French lovelies. Fire up that grill, and spend the last gasp of summer enjoying your walk down an unfamiliar path.