сряда, 22 декември 2010 г.

Merry Christmas!

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

Subtotal 52.94

Shipping 12.00

Total 64.94

I had to publish this comments from the latest order from our Internet store, it just filled my heart with joy and compassion. I can't find the right words that fast, but it is not even necessary.

сряда, 1 декември 2010 г.

Presenting VINI in New York, the Big Apple

Mrs. Florence Fabricant, very influential dining columnist from the New York Times tasting VINI and discussing the quality of Bulgarian wines. She visited Bulgaria in the summer and had a wine tasting in Pomorie. In her opinion Bulgarian wines were far better and modern then the Rumanian and Moldovan wines she tasted on her trip.

I was taking pictures from the balcony on 20th floor in a high rise building in Roosevelt Island, and the reflection from the glass building across the river split into a giant V, which I took as a good sign for the wine show I was to attend that day and introduce my V(ini) to New York.

With my middle school friend, Mr. Z at the United Nations, he works there and was so kind to treat me with a VIP tour and lunch at the Delegates lounge.

Presenting VINI in Atlanta, GA in September

I had the chance to participate in the Wine, Spirits and Inland Seafood Holiday Show in the Gift Mart of America.

Atlanta was beautiful and warm in September, while in California we had the coldest summer. I loved walking around the Peachtree St.

неделя, 17 октомври 2010 г.

Tasting of Bulgarian wines at Woodlands Market in Kentfield, CA

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

I was in the middle of very knowledgeable crowd

сряда, 1 септември 2010 г.

Wine Advocate Reviews – current issue eRobertParker.com, #190 Aug 2010

Wine Advocate Reviews – current issue eRobertParker.com, #190 Aug 2010

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.
2009 Vini Sauvignon Blanc 85 Mature $8

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.

Global Gourmet: Biggest Bargain Wines of 2010 So Far - 3 Bulgarian wines on the list

Best Buy Muscat:
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


събота, 7 август 2010 г.

Bulgarian Wine Tasting at Traverso's - Santa Rosa

Today's tasting was well visited and favorites were VINI Sauvignon Blanc and Targovishte Riesling and Traminer

сряда, 7 юли 2010 г.

VINI Pinot Noir 2009 is coming soon

понеделник, 5 юли 2010 г.

Best Wines of 2010 So Far - VINI Sauvignon Blanc makes the list

Best Wines of 2010 So Far

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

Best Chardonnay:
Under $20: Steele Wines, California, 2008, $18
Over $20: Grgich Hills Estate, Napa Valley, 2007, $42

Best Dessert:
Under $20: Woodbridge (Robert Mondavi), California, 2008, $8
Over $20: Deaver Vineyards, Amador County, NV, $26

Best Gewurtztraminer:
Under $20: Daniel Gehrs, Monterey, 2008, $19

Best Pink:
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

Best Riesling:
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

Happy July 4th - Sonoma Vintage 2010

Great fireworks too! Good day, many thanks, I missed you.

сряда, 30 юни 2010 г.

Venus stunned by Pironkova

Yes, Tsvetana, you certainly made news at Wimbledon on Tuesday, even if you weren't sure you could.

събота, 19 юни 2010 г.

Stacking it - That's the way you do it........

Stacking it - That's the way you do it........VINI and Targovishte wines at grocery store in California

вторник, 1 юни 2010 г.

Bulgarian Wines Tasting in Sonoma

Host: Bulgarian Master Vintners
Location: Sonoma Valley Wine Shack
535 Napa Rd.
Sonoma, CA 95476 US

When: Wednesday, June 9, 6:00PM
Phone: 707-322-0037

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 hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial weekend


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

събота, 29 май 2010 г.

Spit Bucket

сряда, 26 май 2010 г.

10 years of trying

After 10 years of trying, I finally sold a case of Bulgarian wine to Wine Impressions, one of the top wine stores in San Francisco - they liked the entire 2009 vintage from Targovishte and took only the Riesling for now. Petko Mateev should be very proud, as the Riesling is his and my favorite from Targovishte.

неделя, 2 май 2010 г.

2009 VINI Sauvignon Blanc now available in the US

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.

Targovishte Winery 2009 vintage released in the US

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.

WSWA 2010 in Las Vegas, Caesars Palace

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.

Suzanna Siebert - our National Sales Manager modeling in 150 year old original Bulgarian folk costume from Sofia region

четвъртък, 25 март 2010 г.

Finally a Gold Medal for VINI Merlot 2008

GOLD MEDAL91 • Vini 2008 Merlot, Thracian Valley $7.99. Best Buy.
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)
SILVER MEDAL88 • Vini 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Thracian Valley $7.99. Best Buy.
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 at Vinaria 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.

Mary J. Blige, U2 - One

четвъртък, 4 март 2010 г.

Turtle Hill Wine - Struma Wine Company 2009

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.

Bulgaria Doubled Export of Wine for the USA

The export of Bulgarian wines, canned food, dried fruit and vegetables for the USA doubled, it emerged at the meeting between Bulgaria Minister of Agriculture, Miroslav Naydenov and the US Ambassador to Bulgaria, James Warlick. The diplomat pointed out he intended to study the traditions and good practices of wine-making in Bulgaria. H.E. Warlick and Naydenov expressed confidence that the two countries will maintain cooperation in food safety, the training of veterinary experts and the university exchange programmes for professors and young researchers.


четвъртък, 4 февруари 2010 г.

Trends in '10 - Trading down

Beverage Companies Fiscal Fitness: Trends in '10 - Trading down
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.

Bulgarian Master Vintners joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

Bulgarian Master Vintners joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, as an Associate Member to help better their business and show their support for the wine and spirits industry in the US.

Please visit us at the WSWA’s 67th Annual Convention & Exposition April 6-8, 2010 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The Corrs & Ron Wood - Ruby Tuesday (Live in Dublin 2002)

неделя, 31 януари 2010 г.

California wine shipments fall in US

January 28, 2010
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.

Bulgarian-born pianist and film composer Mario Grigorov wrote the score for 2009 film Precious

Bulgarian-born pianist and film composer Mario Grigorov’s life has always been about music. Grigorov spent most of his life studying a range of musical forms including jazz, classical and world, before composing the score for Lee Daniels’ 2009 film Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire (Knopf, 1996). This marks Grigorov’s third collaboration with Daniels; the two also collaborated on Tennessee (2008)and Shadowboxer (2005). Precious, the 2009 New York Film Festival centerpiece and current Lee Daniels sensation, is the story of the ultimate outsider, her struggle to survive and will to overcome. As someone with an acute sense of what it’s like not to belong, Grigorov found that the film resonated with him almost immediately.
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.

Tacama Winery, in Peru was a good find

Tacama Vineyard has an area of about 200 hectares (494 acres) and is located in the Valley of Ica, a fertile oasis surrounded by desert. It is situated 300 kilometers from Lima the capital of Perú, and 50 kilometers from the coast, it is 400 meters above sea level. Tacama uses both French technology and receives advice from French experts.
Tacama has won several awards in international shows.
International Experts have classified Tacama's wines as being of worldclass quality.

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.

Hristo Vitchev is a modern jazz guitarist...

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.

Zahariev Cooperage

Mr. Zahariev, the owner of this cooperage in Bulgaria said:

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.

Cooperage, the art of barrel making, is an ancient skill. With the advances in every facet of culture, it is surprising to learn the actual barrel making process has changed very little. To achieve the highest standards of quality, the time intensive work must still be performed by the hands of a skilled cooper.

петък, 1 януари 2010 г.

Happy New Year with Patricia Petibon