неделя, 12 декември 2010 г.
неделя, 5 декември 2010 г.
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Comments: We don't know any other way to thank the people of Bulgaria for their very recent kindness to our people in Israel than to support Bulgaria's economy. While parts of Israel was in flames, we were thrilled by the kindness of the Bulgarian people. Thank you so much for offering these wines so that I could find them on the Internet. Maxine & Steve Lebowitz, San Pedro CA
Name Code Qty Each Options
Targovishte Traminer 2009 7-TR 2 9.99
Targovishte Muscat 2009 7-MS 2 8.49
Targovishte Riesling 2009 7-RS 2 7.99
сряда, 1 декември 2010 г.
I had the chance to participate in the Wine, Spirits and Inland Seafood Holiday Show in the Gift Mart of America.
неделя, 17 октомври 2010 г.
Friday's tasting of Bulgarian wines at Woodlands Market in Kentfield, CA - one of the most expensive markets in California. Wines featured at the - Targovishte Traminer 2009 and Targovishte Chardonnay 2009 and our VINI Merlot 2008 and Sauvignon Blanc 2009- all very well received from the first pour
сряда, 1 септември 2010 г.
This lineup from Targovishte, and its sister winery, Vini, some drinking values that consumers should find attractive as it is hard to play in this price category these days. As a bonus, they are generally relatively low in alcohol, usually around 12%. What don’t they do? First, I think all of them will tend to drink best on the young and fresh side, however long they hold, which is not a major criticism in this price range. Second, they do sometimes have some typicity issues—that is, they do not always remind me much of the most common styles for which the grapes are best known. Once past that, though, they hold up quite nicely as wines.
Vintage Wine Name Rating Maturity Price
2009 Targovishte Sauvignon Blanc 86 Mature $9
The 2009 SAUVIGNON BLANC from Targovishte has more intensity and solidity than its sister Sauv Blanc reviewed this issue from Vini,but, while hardly reticent, is not quite as aromatic and exuberant, not quite as obvious. Laced with lemons and evolving quite nicely as it warms, this bottle has a crisp and flavorful finish. They are both pretty nice deals, but I would give this the nod, although Sauv Blanc fanatics might well prefer the grassier Vini. This Targovishte bottling should hold a little better, too, though, and make no mistake—as it warms up, it is clearly Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now-2012.
2009 Targovishte Chardonnay 85 Mature $9
The 2009 CHARDONNAY back label announces that this is a crisper, leaner style of Chardonnay, and while that is a mostly accurate description,it has a certain subtle richness with nice texture on the finish, while remaining crisp and focused, with a considerable hit of acidity. It does round nicely into form, proving that it has tasty and lingering fruit, not just acidity, as it warms up. It is a nice value for early consumption. However long it holds, it will be at its best on the younger side. Drink now-2012.
2009 Targovishte Muscat Ottonel 85 Mature $9
The 2009 MUSCAT OTTONEL is charming, fruity and fragrant, flavorful and sunny, with hints of mint. The exuberance and eccentricities of this bottling and grape will not to be everyone’s liking, but this is a distinctive bottling that will make its fans quite happy at a very modest price point. It should make an invigorating warm weather sipper, too. Drink now-2012.
2009 Targovishte Riesling 84 Mature $9
The 2009 RIESLING is a bit unusual for Riesling, with a grassy note that originally made me wonder if I’d confused it with one of the Sauvignon Blancs reviewed this issue from Bulgaria. As with the Traminer, it showed a bit more typically as it warmed up, but it always had that herbaceous touch. That said, and in its own right, it is solidly constructed, with good acidity, invigorating aromatics and a respectable finish in its price range. It does provide some fun for the price. Drink now-2012.
2009 Targovishte Traminer 85 Mature $10
The 2009 TRAMINER, like the Riesling in this lineup, will not always remind people of what it is supposed to be. Initially, it seems wholly dominated by its acidity—not something one says often with this grape. As it warms up, it shows more and more typically, though, and you can then enjoy the acidity delivering flavor to the palate and gripping it. It is quite crisp for the grape, a wine that offers some value. It will show best on the youngest side. Drink now-2012.
The 2009 SAUVIGNON BLANC is proudly Sauvignon Blanc—for all that implies for enthusiasts, who often revel in the grassiness and herbaceousness this grape can show. There is not a lot of depth here, but it is open, fresh and exuberant, a charming warm weather wine at a very nice price. Drink it as young and fresh as possible for best results, as this is the type of wine that may decline rather quickly, however long it holds. Drink now-2011.
2008 Vini Cabernet Sauvignon 83 Mature $8
The 2008 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, like its Merlot sibling, has evolved and opened since I last saw it, but it still impresses me as a wine with more structure than fruit, being rather powerful but a bit hollow in the mid-palate. It seems bright and tannic, a bit rustic and a little charmless. The mid-palate concentration and finish are not there to provide balance for the power and make this a complete wine. That said, it has earthy flavors and a “real wine” feel, pointed and focused, which in its very low price range makes it worth a look. Drink now-2012.
2008 Vini Merlot 83 Mature $8
The 2008 MERLOT has changed significantly since I first saw it, at a time when the producer says it was in a very awkward stage. Although it still has limitations, it is more attractive now in light of its modest price point, a bit more evolved, laced with a lush touch on the texture, and an herbal nuance on the finish. Its structure pops up with air, and it does still have quite a bit of tannin—probably more than its modest mid-palate can absorb, as it is lacking in mid-palate concentration. It does flatten out significantly with a bit with more aeration, becoming a bit lean and mean. In its price range, where it is hard to find a lot of reds that taste like real wine, this is a pretty decent deal, though, as it is at least a wine that tries to achieve something with structure rather than trying to become a cloying fruit bomb. Although there are no signs of decay, there are those tannins, and the lack of mid-palate concentration would still make me want to drink this sooner rather than later, when it still has some fruit. If not quite as intense as its sibling, the Cabernet also reviewed this issue, it is probably a bit better balanced. Drink now—2012.
неделя, 15 август 2010 г.
1st – Muscat Ottonel, Targovishte Winery, (Bulgarian Master Vintners), Black Sea Coastal Region, Bulgaria, 2007, $9
Best Buy Sauvignon Blanc:
1st - Targovishte Winery, (Bulgarian Master Vintners), Black Sea Coastal Region, Bulgaria, 2007 $8
Best Buy Cabernet Sauvignon:
1st - Vini (Bulgarian Master Vintners), Thracian Valley, Bulgaria, 2008, $8
сряда, 11 август 2010 г.
събота, 7 август 2010 г.
понеделник, 26 юли 2010 г.
понеделник, 5 юли 2010 г.
by Fred McMillin
We sip a lot of wines in our Fort Mason (S.F. City College) classes. In alphabetical order, here are the best we have tested so far this year. That is, the best Chardonnay, best Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.
Whites, Pinks, Sparklers, and Desserts
Under $20: Steele Wines, California, 2008, $18
Over $20: Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, 2007, $42
Under $20: Woodbridge (Robert Mondavi), California, 2008, $8
Over $20: Deaver Vineyards, Amador County, NV, $26
Under $20: Daniel Gehrs, Monterey, 2008, $19
Under $20: Pedroncelli Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2008, $10
Best Pinot Gris:
$12 Maximum: Tiamo, Veneto, Italy, 2008, $12
$12 Minimum: King Estate, Oregon, 2008, $16
Under $10: Bogle Vineyards, California, 2008, $9
Over $10: Shooting Star (Steele Wines), Lake County, 2008, $14
Best Sauvignon Blanc:
Under $10: VINI, Bulgarian Master Vintners, Bulgaria, 2008, $8
Over $10: Kenwood Vineyards, Sonoma County, 2008, $13
Best Sparkling Wine:
Under $10: Crane Lake, California, NV, $8
Over $10: Prosecco di Valdobbiadene,Tiamo, Veneto, Italy, $15
сряда, 30 юни 2010 г.
събота, 19 юни 2010 г.
вторник, 1 юни 2010 г.
Location: Sonoma Valley Wine Shack
535 Napa Rd.
Sonoma, CA 95476 US
When: Wednesday, June 9, 6:00PM
I will pour Dry Muscat, Traminer, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from Black Sea Coastal Region and some Summer Reds from Thracian Valley.
This will be the second time Sonoma Valley Wine Shack presenting Bulgarian wines. Please join us for some exotic wine and fun.
неделя, 30 май 2010 г.
I drank at every vine.
The last was like the first.
I came upon no wine
So wonderful as thirst.
I gnawed at every root.
I ate of every plant.
I came upon no fruit
So wonderful as want.
Feed the grape and bean
To the vintner and monger:
I will lie down lean
With my thirst and my hunger.
Feast - by Edna St. Vincent Millay
сряда, 26 май 2010 г.
неделя, 2 май 2010 г.
The 2008 vintage was reviewed by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago:
Very pale straw hue. Subdued, slightly earthy nose. A crisp entry leads a medium-bodied palate with subtle citrus and lemongrass flavors. Shows a touch of sweetness. Crisp, melony finish.
"2009 WVWC Best Value Bulgarian White"
WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal, RATING: 85 points (Highly Recommended)
вторник, 20 април 2010 г.
We just released in the US the 2009 vintage of Targovishte Winery - DRY Riesling, Traminer, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from the Black Sea Coastal region in Bulgaria. Enjoy and Nazdrave!
петък, 16 април 2010 г.
The influence of the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland on the making of VINI 2009 vintage in Sliven, Southern Bulgaria
Volcanic ash drifting across the Atlantic forced the cancellation of flights in Britain and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe, stranding thousands of passengers.
This unexpected event is jeopardizing the making of the 2009 vintage VINI wines in Sliven, Thracian Valley, in Southern Bulgaria. Our consultant winemaker Miro from Trentadue Winery in Sonoma County, Northern California has a scheduled flight this Sunday night via Munich and Lufthansa notified us of flight cancelations for the next couple of days.
Maybe we should call it the Volcanic vintage, once it is made whenever that is. I am praying for a safe flight for Miro and all the other passengers.
петък, 9 април 2010 г.
Four days of work in Las Vegas and 3 Sliver Medals for VINI Merlot 2008, Targovishte Muscat 2007 and Peshterska Matured Grappa/Rakia, Bronze Medal for VINI Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 - a Medal per day, I'll take this bet all the time.
четвъртък, 25 март 2010 г.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of toasty black raspberry pie follow through on a round, supple entry to a dryish medium body with very good balance and light elegant depth. Finishes with a drying, powdery tannin fade. A very nice table wine. (tasted on Mar-18-2010)
Aromas of toasty blackberry pie crust and toffee follow through on a round, juicy entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with good depth and balance. Finishes with roasted nut, roasted pepper, and delicate spice nuances and soft tannins. (tasted on Mar-18-2010)
понеделник, 15 март 2010 г.
GOLDEN RHYTON AWARDS 2010
White Varietal and Coupage Wines, 2009 Vintage
Chardonnay, batch I, 2009, produced by BLACK SEA GOLD AD
White Varietal and Coupage Wines from Previous Vintages
GP Golden Rhythm Chardonnay 2008, produced by BLACK SEA GOLD AD
Red Varietal and Red Coupage Wines from Previous Vintages
Sinti Reserve Coupage 2008, produced by KOS SANDANSKI OOD
White Wines Available in the Retail Shops
Nobile Chardonnay 2007, produced by LOGODAJ WINERY OOD
Red Wines Available in the Retail Shops
Question Mark, Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot, gold label 2007, produced by KATARZYNA ESTATE EOOD
неделя, 14 март 2010 г.
четвъртък, 4 март 2010 г.
The Turtle Hill estate is a new Bulgarian wine producer. Our mission is to showcase our quality wines from Bulgaria’s Struma River valley to the world.
The region’s unique climate and soil have been known since Roman times. The area benefits from long, hot and dry summers helping the grapes to ripen in near perfect conditions. This area (including famous wine producing town of Melnik) has historically delivered quality wines to connoisseurs all over the world, one of the most famous being Winston Churchill who favoured wine from the region.
Turtle Hill has the ambition to resurrect that popularity, producing wines with excellent quality and character. The grapes are grown in our own vineyards in an EU eco-friendly area of Natura 2000. The name Turtle Hill is inspired by just one of the many local inhabitants roaming freely on the sun drenched banks of the river in an area that locals describe as ‘land that has been kissed by God”.
The Winemaking process is the responsibility of the Australian Oenologist John Worontschak, a renowned professional in the areas of production and marketing of quality wines around the globe. Together with his team, John has created a wine unique to Bulgaria, carrying the strength and aroma of the local wines, but also embodying the complex spirit of the New World.
This magical combination is based on strict production and traditional local winemaking practices. Quality and innovation are guaranteed by the winemaker’s extensive experience gained at wine estates in the Barossa Valley, California, Burgundy and Alsace, in Israel and South Africa. Focus on quality and consistency in line with the standards of the 21st Century and in harmony with the tried and tested recipes of Bulgaria’s old craftsmen. Turtle Hill is the result of innovation and imagination. It is the start of a new line of quality wines from Bulgaria, a harmonious mixture of centuries of winemaking blended with an explosive fruit palate reminiscent of the New World’s best.
неделя, 14 февруари 2010 г.
четвъртък, 4 февруари 2010 г.
By Bill Anderson, CEO of First Beverage Capital in Los Angeles, CA
Trading down will likely increase as American consumers continue to move away from most premium, luxury brands. The steep decline is on-premise sales due to this consumer preference also will likely continue.
The opportunity for brands in this environment is to provide meaningful value – and thereby accelerate a gap with consumers. Brands with an authentic story are standing out because as consumes may want to trade down, they still want a brand with some integrity, nobility, history and character.
As a recent report on 2010 Wine Sales from Silicon Valley Bank said, “The wine industry now finds a humbled consumer still wanting luxury products, but products made by real people, and not just expensive brands without a soul. Each producer has to figure out new ways to touch every one of its consumers in an authentic manner.”
The associates of Bend, OR, branding agency, tbd, confirmed this in a report on consumer brands recently when stated that the new value is value, and that consumers are looking for meaning and meaningful connections with the product they purchase.
Please visit us at the WSWA’s 67th Annual Convention & Exposition April 6-8, 2010 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
неделя, 31 януари 2010 г.
By Richard Woodard
California wine shipments in the US fell for the first time in 16 years in 2009 as consumers turned to cheaper bulk imported wines, according to new figures.
Last year was 'brutal' for the California wine industry, analyst Jon Fredrikson told the annual Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, adding that many wineries had endured their worst year ever.
Bulk wine imports soared 87% to 25m cases in 2009, sending total imported wines up to 104m cases and giving them a 32% share of the US market – an all-time high.
But most bulk wines were imported by major US wine companies and distributors, such as Gallo and Constellation, Fredrikson said.
The total US wine market grew by 2.1% to 323m cases, but shipments from California edged down 1.6% to 236m cases – their first decline since 1993.
However, there were some signs of improved trends towards the end of the year, said Fredrikson, president of Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates.
вторник, 26 януари 2010 г.
A speaker of five languages, he lived in four countries and under three types of government before the age of 18: communist, Islamic and democratic. “I don’t speak a single language without an accent,” says Grigorov.
The son of a concert pianist and trumpeter, Grigorov was born in Sophia, Bulgaria, in 1963. At age five, he became the youngest student ever admitted to the Sophia Conservatory. His life has taken him all over the map, both musically and geographically.
неделя, 24 януари 2010 г.
Professor Max Rives, emeritus Director of the French Agriculture Research Institute, says about the Tacama vineyard: “This region is suitable for producing wines under exceptional conditions … thanks to the characteristics of its climate and soil”. “This allows wines of a characteristic, inalterable type, to be obtained with a quality compared only to the products of the best wine producing countries in the world”, he adds.
събота, 23 януари 2010 г.
четвъртък, 7 януари 2010 г.
25 January, 2010 at Yoshi's @ 8 pm. Oakland, CA
Hristo Vitchev is a modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads his modern (ECM) jazz quartet which features Brazilian (Grammy nominated) pianist Weber Iago, drummer extraordinaire Joe De Rose, and the completely amazing bassist Dan Robbins. The Hristo Vitchev Quartet’s debut album "Song for Messambria" received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the six best jazz albums of this year by E-Jazz News.
As jazz critic Edward Blanco describes: “Vitchev is the newest guitarist to enter the national jazz scene and does so with a stunner of a recording in “Song For Messambria,” one of the finest debut albums I've had the pleasure of appraising this year.”
On January 25th the Hristo Vitchev Quartet will present their completely unique sonic signature featuring compositions from the critically acclaimed album “Song for Messambria” , as well as material from their electrifying up-coming record. This night will also mark the official release of Hristo Vitchev and Weber Iago’s brand new duet recording “The Secrets of an Angel.” - featuring some of the most intimate guitar/piano playing.
As jazz critic Brad Walseth describes: "On the heels of his impressive debut recording - Song for Messambria, guitarist Hristo Vitchev returns along with pianist Weber Iago for a wonderful guitar/piano duet recording - The Secrets of an Angel." "...while the gentle title track shimmers like a glistening iceberg on a cold sea. The delightful two-part "The Last Pirate" is a highlight - brilliantly showcasing the exciting romantic bend inherent in Vitchev's music, while the the nostalgic lullaby "Leka Nosht (Good Night)" recalls a faraway youth and rounds out this fine release."
To purchase tickets please go to: www.yoshis.com
For more information about Hristo Vitchev please visit: www.hristovitchev.com and www.myspace.com/hristovitchev
сряда, 6 януари 2010 г.
|I inherited the barrel handicraft from my grandfather and from my father. I strive to keep high quality in my work. My Main principle is: “Fewer products, but competitive to the home and international trade”. During the last few years the interest towards us has been increasing. We have gone too deep in this handicraft and we are going on straightforwardly ahead.|