Top 10 Food & Wine Pairings of the Week

Instagram is constantly shining with mouth-watering food and wine combinations that steadily motivate you & me for taking up the practice of cooking or serious wine tasting. Yeah, getting shit-faced with 10 bottles at dinner is cool, but let’s appreciate the art form these people are strenuously creating day after day. Here are the most interesting pairings of this week. Post a photo on Instagram with the #grapenomad hashtag and get published on our site! Continue reading “Top 10 Food & Wine Pairings of the Week”

Wunderkind of Pelješac: Boutique Winery Vicelić

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of these first-winery-epic-greeting moments. Vicelić is a surname to engrave into this category without doubt. Honestly, I haven’t read or heard a lot about this guy up until my visit, but I must admit, eating tuna steak in a vineyard 200 metres above the Adriatic Sea is all the PR I need. A boutique winery humbly producing 20.000 bottles a year, Vicelić is the new kid on the block who you introduce to your friends, tell them you know your stuff, let him show his skills and BOOM, you have a reputation. Definitely a better love story than Twilight.

Mateo and his wife Lucija, together with their 3.5 hectares of vines, are the definition of blue-chip hosts. Along a rocky-limestone path, which is the main culprit for the greatness of Plavac Mali, we experienced a real rally ride to their open air tavern. For six hours we talked, laughed, ate and admired the magic of Pelješac, especially the pureness of the Adriatic Sea near midnight, when all goes numb, giving way for darkness to intoxicate every single pore in the body. You feel no burden, no racing thoughts. Just pure bliss cleansing the spirit. Continue reading “Wunderkind of Pelješac: Boutique Winery Vicelić”

Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011

Having studied in Burgenland, constantly surrounded by blooming vineyards, I always flutter when somebody brings out Austrian wine. It’s like that feeling you get when you watch your favourite movie for the 28th time or see people quoting that author you thought would never become Facebook mainstream – a more charming experience every time.

Netzl Winzersekt 2011 is a damn hard wine to find, which is surprising because this producer is pretty well-known in major parts of Europe. Wine Searcher even states:

We can only find a few stores in Europe that have this wine. We have only been able to find the 2011 vintage for sale over the last month.

A friend opened this bottle for us to try at a laidback dinner and my, was I blown away by the result. Pale, almost watery yellow in the glass with a spring-water nose reminiscent of lilies, acacia, lime juice, baked almonds, brioche and waves of ripe nectarine and peach. No bottle aging notes, yet. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Netzl Winzersekt 2011”

Wine Blown: Bratanov Merlot Single Barrel 2012

Don’t worry, the first Bulgarian wine I’m going to write about is not going to be Mavrud, because realistically, no one knows what the fuck that is. Except the Bulgarians. And some wine experts that were lucky enough to get hold of this plump liquid. But today, we’re going to cover easy stuff – Merlot.

From the outside, Bratanov Merlot Single Barrel 2012 looks like something cryptic that you would keep closed in a vault until the dark forces send you a signal to open it up. What you get for aesthetics is a green bottle and a piece of carton stuck to the neck of it. No hidden messages, but only the basic information about the beverage. In the glass, the wine is gorgeous like a horse – silky, smooth texture, opulent body and serious body. Continue reading “Wine Blown: Bratanov Merlot Single Barrel 2012”