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Snooth User: Charine Tan

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Posted by Charine Tan, Dec 5, 2016.

Hi! I've been active on the Vinous and Reddit Wine forums and was looking for new conversations today, and that somehow led me here. I'm Charine and I'm a wine writer/author. I travel and write about lesser-known wine regions including, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Mexico, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, etc. Ask me anything!

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Reply by duncan 906, Dec 5, 2016.

Welcome Charine to our corner of the web

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 5, 2016.

Wow! Welcome to club.  First question - Going alphabetically, by country, who are  your favorite producers?

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 5, 2016.

Welcome, Charine. Always interested in learning more about wine from the former Yugoslavia. Any quick pointers to the best of the best?

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Reply by Charine Tan, Dec 6, 2016.

Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy question for me. In the world of wine, I feel like a forever-bachelorette always sussing out a new potential love of my life. But just to keep things simple, currently on my top-of-mind recall are:

1. Armenia: Keush Methode Traditionelle (I'm strict about my bubbles and this is creamy, pleasantly yeasty, slightly limey... goodness!)

2. Bosnia-Herzegovina: Brkic makes an orange/amber wine with grapes farmed from a biodynamic vineyard. He calls it "The Moonwalker"--very charming name huh?)

3. Croatia: Boskinac (There are over 3,000 registered producers in the country but I'm dying for a Boskinac red blend now!)

4. France: I'm a sucker for Burgundy on most days. If I could drink from one special plot, it would be Vosne-Romanee. On this note, I still don't get what's the big fuss about Beaujolais Nouveau.

5. Georgia: Lagvinari (Winemaker is a doctor-turned-geologist-turned-winemaker and his first vintage was made alongside an MW.)

6. Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of this relatively new producer called "Raineri"? Their Monserra Barolo is quite stellar if you like the new world treatment for your Nebbiolo!

7. Mexico: Casa Valmar (Mentioned in the Wine Bible as one of the most important wineries.)

8. Montenegro: Plantaze (This winery uses only estate fruit from their 2,310-hectare vineyard plot. It's a singular plot! I consider Plantaze as a wine factory but that said their premium line wine can be quite a treat.)

9. Serbia: Cokot Experiment (Made by a fresh Phd graduate in agriculture. It's a red wine made from 100% Prokupac--an indigenous variety that is reminiscent of Blaufrankisch.)

10. Spain: La Rioja Alta S.A. makes a good news on any day. Vina Ardanza Rioja is my favourite affordable-and-impressive dinner party drink for guests.

 

Re. former Yugoslavia, start with Croatia and Serbia. They are way more advanced in skills and wine culture development than their neighbours. 

 

 

 

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 6, 2016.

Thanks for the reply - I've copied this to my look for file.  Just drank a Bulgarian Rose the other day and picked up a Croatian Reisling also.

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Reply by worldwinepassion, Mar 14, 2017.

Hey Charine,

 

Thanks for the tips on the lesser known regions. I'm planning an exploration of the Balkans and moving out to Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria and maybe Armenia too. Would love to learn more about your experiences and explorations. Where are you based?

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Reply by worldwinepassion, Mar 14, 2017.

Hey Charine,

 

Thanks for the tips on the lesser known regions. I'm planning an exploration of the Balkans and moving out to Georgia, Moldova, Bulgaria and maybe Armenia too. Would love to learn more about your experiences and explorations. Where are you based?

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Reply by EMark, Mar 14, 2017.

WWP, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.  Why don't you tell us a bit more about yourself.  Actually, the only thing we care about is your wine passion.

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Reply by GregT, Mar 14, 2017.

WWP - my suspicion is that the OP won't be back. But echoing emark, why not tell us about yourself and if you go, about the wines you fInd? Wine history there goes back to very ancient times and besides wine, there's a lot of history to explore too.


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