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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Bulgarian Whites

Perhaps understandably, I failed to mention the annual 2 day Bulgarian wine fair I attended 2 weekends ago here in Sofia. 
It was hard work – and required a rest afterwards! For 10 euros I had a 2-day pass and more than 200 wines to taste. 
I did my best on the Saturday – the white and rose day - but found red Sunday a bit of a slog – with my pallet and tongue fairly quickly getting badly coated!

For some reason, I decided to score the wines out of 6.0 and the white wines I appreciated came out as follows -
  • Lovica - Chardonnay (6 levs!) 4.5 out of 6.0
  • LV - Colombard (5 levs! and 4.5 score) and Sauvignon Blanc (SB)
  • Black Sea Gold - Muscat El Mar (6 levs) - find of the day! Salty Hills Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc (15 levs) - one of the best (Silver medal)
  • Minkov - Rheinriesling 
  • Katarzyna - SB (4.2)
  • Marvin - Viognier and Chardonnay and Viognier - both 4.5s in my scoring
  • Villa Yustina - Blanc Cuvee (8 levs)
  • Zagreus - white Mavrud - 4.5 on my scoring
  • Medi Valley - Chardonnay Incanto (4.9!!) 18 levs and Chardonnay and Viognier
  • No Man's Land 600 SB  12 levs
  • Kapatovo - Chardonnay and Viognier 4.5 (18 levs) 
On Sunday, the only wine which impressed me was the Ethno range of wines. They are from the Sungurlare valley near Burgas on the Black Sea and the Chardonnay I am now drinking (3 euros) got a silver medal (in the 2013 "Chardonnays of the World" somewhere). How do they do it??

Tomorrow I will try to find some specimens of all these wines in the CaseVino chain - the Bulgarian version of Oddbins – and subject them in the next week to some tough tasting and testing. 
No rest for the conscientious!!

The photo is of the wine museum in Sungurlare village - the wine area very near Burgas

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