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Five wines to buy from Croatia's Dingač region

We sell five different wines from the Dingač region, all of them produced from the appellation’s signature grape, Plavac Mali.  They are available at our Topochines Vino web wine store:  www.topochines.com.  Readers can enter Wine10 for a 10% discount on any of these wines.   Every major wine-producing country has its emblematic, center-of-the-universe wine region that More

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New shipment of Croatian wines is in!

In December of 2017 we started selling Croatian wine on our online wine store Topochines Vino Wine Store.  In a few short months we sold out our entire inventory of Croatian wines, most of them produced from indigenous grapes but a few stellar labels using international varietals.  Sadly, we sold out our last couple of bottles More

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Travel to Croatia: Planning the Itinerary

We recently encountered a travel company that has the type of experience in Croatia and surrounding countries that we wish we knew about when we planned our first trip there.  www.AdriaticTours.com.  Read to the bottom for contact information and to obtain a discount on their services for being a Topochines Vino reader!   Some travel is More

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Great Wines of Lodi, Part III: Bokisch Vineyards

This is the third and final installment in our series on the superior Lodi wineries that we visited over the course of a weekend last month.  We published our three-part series in the chronological order of our winery visits.  We were so impressed with Lodi that we have added wine from three wineries to our More

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Great Wines of Lodi, Part II: Markus Wine Co.

In our recent inaugural visit to Lodi we had the good fortune to meet one of the most unusual characters in that emerging region: Markus Niggli.  Come to think of it, he would be one of the most unusual characters in any wine region.  A native of Switzerland, Markus has worked in vineyards and wineries around the More

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Meet our winemakers: The Vinum

The ability of social media to connect people across countries and continents has several very powerful proof points for us.  One of these proof points is a seemingly random “like” and “follow” that we received after one of our tweets in the summer of 2016.  We do not remember what the particular tweet was, but More

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Wines of Croatia, Part II: "Original Zin"

We read an article recently in a reputable publication that proclaimed Zinfandel as California’s “heritage grape,” and went on to describe this grape varietal as “a quintessentially American phenomenon.  It’s zesty, rugged and loud, challenging to rear, a lover of barbecue.”  This characterization of Zinfandel is not uncommon and we have even heard more casual More

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Croatia Wines: Part I

We import white and red Croatian wines and make them available to U.S. consumers at our Topochines Vino online wine store: www.topochinesvino.com.   In late 2016 we made our first ever foray to the Balkans, a trip that was planned more or less on a whim and without any goal in mind but to explore More

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Vidon Vineyards - Making Wine is Rocket Science

One of the wines in our Topochines Vino Wine Store is from Oregon winery Vidon Vineyard whose winemaker Don Hagge we met recently and enjoyed a tasting of over a dozen of his wines.  The 2016 Vidon Rosé of Pinot Noir is available here for $20.00 per bottle. We recently ran across a book that asserts “wine is not More

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So long October, and good riddance!

For many in Northern California wine country, October was wicked and haunted indeed.  Today, on the last day of the month, we say goodbye to October 2017 and welcome November with open arms and a spirit of optimism and hope.  Last weekend we took to the car and drove about 250 miles through Napa and More

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Making a small fortune in the wine business

You’ve heard the old joke, right? Q:  How do you make a small fortune in the wine business? A:  You start with a large fortune and lose some of it. A clear sign of our dubious sanity is our decision to become wine importers and online retailers, despite not staring with a large fortune.  Today More

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Moscato D'Asti DOCG - the ultimate dessert wine

There are dessert wines . . . . and then there is Moscato D’Asti. At just 5.5% alcohol, this fizzy, lightly-carbonated wine is the perfect companion to almost any dessert.  Made from 100% Moscato Bianci grapes, this wine has been a hit with everyday wine drinkers as well as trained wine experts (including one of More

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Langhe Rosso: Piedmont's "other" great wine

Piedmont is perhaps best-known for its Nebbiolo vineyards and the famous wines made from them – Barolo and Barbaresco. However, the region does produce other high quality wines, one of which is Langhe Rosso.  Our partner The Vinum winery sources grapes from small growers in Piedmont to produce this luscious wine. 2010 The Vinum Langhe More

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Chianti Superiore DOCG

Our partner the Vinum produces some very high quality Italian wines from their estate vineyards in Abruzzo as well as from grapes sourced from small producers in other wine regions.  This 2015 Chianti Superiore DOCG is a classic Tuscan wine made from grapes grown in Fiesole, high in the hills above Florence. 2015 The Vinum Chianti More

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Stunning Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC

The Montepulciano grape is grown in several regions in Italy but most vineyard plantings are in the Abruzzo region.  Our partner The Vinum produces this lovely 2016 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC, a dry, rich and powerful red wine. 2016 The Vinum Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC   This wine, produced from 100% Montepulciano grapes, is referred to affectionately More

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