Wine Blown: Carska Vina Žilavka Premium Edition 2015

This blog is taking it’s turn into a source of wine knowledge that sparks interest for anybody to jump on with his/her contribution. Of course, not just ANYBODY can judge a wine and go public with it, so for the first time in Grape Nomad’s history, I’m proud to announce the first helping hand on this website – Adin Bulatović, manager of Delikatesna Radnja and wine aficionado in the making. Adin started out as an exemplary beer drinker, but found passion in wine a few years back at a couple of my workshops. He jumped right into the wine world by trying several samples primarily from B&H, but slowly continued to Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Spain…He not only focused on the practice, but also hit the books (and Google) hard, soaking up info about food pairings, regions, grape varieties and soils. The place he works at is one of my favorite places in Sarajevo to just kick back and relax with a proper glass of wine and a simple bite to eat. It’s basically a wine bar/bistro that takes pride in quality and aims for uniqueness with a concentration on Balkan wines, but also a convenient selection of Italian and Spanish as well. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Carska Vina Žilavka Premium Edition 2015”

Top 10 Wines @ The Judgement of Mostar 2017

What an inspiration one gets after being invited to The Judgement of Mostar 2017, led by sommelier Siniša Lasan and director of sales at Nuić, Ivan Planinić. The organizers, of course, applied a playful tone for the name of the event (in reference to the famous Judgement of Paris ’76), but the wines were surely no laughing matter. We tried over 70 samples from all over the world, but the main focus was on BH wines and, if I may say, without any bullshit sugar-coating, we have witnessed colossal progress of Balkan wines in the last 10 years. Bosnia & Herzegovina, even though small and without big viticultural diversity (microclimates, carefully chosen positions, experimentation with vine training…), is undeniably filled with hidden gems. You will buy top-quality wines at 20-30 EUROS, bring them to your friends’ blind tasting and shout out THIS HAS TO BE SECOND GROWTH BORDEAUX/RIOJA GRAN RESERVA/TOSCANA IGT, only to get slapped in the face (metaphorically, or literally by one of your mates for jumping to conclusions so quickly) by an amazing aged Blatina or an opulent Trnjak or even a blend of those two. Continue reading “Top 10 Wines @ The Judgement of Mostar 2017”

The European California: Mostar Wine Country

The sun did us a favor during our initial visit to the Mostar wine region. In the early morning, a group of ten people headed to their first destination — Čitluk. Mr. Josip Brkić, together with his sons, welcomed us with a light breakfast and four wines: a fresh Žilavka, Greda (sur lie Žilavka), Mjesečar and Plava Greda (Blatina barrique). We were especially intrigued by Mjesečar as the only biodynamic wine in the country, but not lacking strong aromas and body for a second. The second destination was the winery Vilinka (village Sretnice), where we experienced a mini-tour guided by Mr. Velimir Ereš, owner and winemaker. Along with lunch (splendid lamb and stew), we were served four wines: Žilavka, Blatina (basic and barrique versions). Barrique versions of these wines are available on the market at the end of every year and sell pretty fast, because of a small production and huge demand. I can only say it is worth the wait every year! Velimir gave us a tour through his vineyards, which were not far from his winery, telling us the details about the fruit, soil and vintages.

After Sretnice, we went to Međugorje to visit the cellar of Mr. Grga Vasilj. We tried four different wines: Žilavka, Blatina (basic and barrique styles) with wonderful prosciutto served fresh on the spot. The final destination was one of the most modern wineries in the country — winery Nuić.
Mr. Nuić conducted us primarily through the Crnopod vineyards and then trough the main part of production and storage. There we had a chance to pair the entire selection of Nuić wines with a variety of cheeses (young and aged) and prosciutto, all local. Continue reading “The European California: Mostar Wine Country”