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A fun and fruity 2011 Posta Kadarka from Szekszárd, Hungary This list, especially when taken together with my companion list of whites, illustrates how absolutely delicious wines are being made in all sorts of unexpected places all over the globe. Nowadays, there is simply no reason to confine your drinking to wines from two or three classic regions.
McCulloch Wines is the venture of Englishman Don McCulloch and his Serbian-born wife Seka Nikolic. McCulloch was previously a special protection police officer for the Royal Family (he retired after completing 30 years’ service in 2009), while Nikolic has a natural-health practice in Hampstead, London (she describes herself as a ‘bio-health practitioner with exceptional healing powers’).
… with a tasting of almost lost grape varieties., such as Obeidy from the Lebanon, Jadoga from Serbia, Areni from Armenia, Papakarasi from Turkey and several others, that I had never ever heard of, each presented by the wine grower responsible for its revival in each country. And that was followed by a tasting of wines from Northern Greece, making…
…, parts of Germany and Switzerland), Wälschriesling (Germany), Laški Rizling (Slovenia, Croatia and parts of Serbia), Rizling Vlašský (Slovakia), or Ryzlink Vlašský (Czech Republic). In this group, Welsch, Wälsch, Laški and Vlašský all come from the same root word, but it isn't totally clear what that root word might be. The most likely explanation…
… is turbulent, as the area has been conquered and occupied by a number of different European powers throughout its history. It was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until World War I, when the new State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs broke away and formed their own country. In 1928, this state merged with Serbia and in 1929, the country was renamed…