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And how did we do on the #travel1k this week? Well, we’re up from last week at #105 … but just barely: for the week of February 27th … we’re up a massive one (1) place to #104. The top 100 remains just out of reach, better luck next time!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Janice Chung (up 463 places to 397th), Julie Beckers (up 411 places to 108th), and neha verma (up 386 places to 634th).

Well done to this week’s top three Chef Dennis LittleyCharles McCool (McCool Travel), and Lisa Ellen Niver.

And for our new blog to check out this week, here we are at #11 moving on up from #30: @winetraveleats’s Wine Travel Eats!

 

The Wine, Travel Eats blog is a set of reflections and stories on the joys of travel, wine tasting, drinking fine alcohol, and eating amazing food in and around Napa, Sonoma, Suisun Valley, The Bay Area, and beyond.

The blog is a joint effort between David, a pedantic lover of wine and all things craft alcohol, and Amber, an at-home chef, foodie, and wine lover.

David comments: I consider accusations of being pedantic as a compliment. I firmly believe there are two forms of the language: American English and Actual English. Ten years of living in the United States has not changed my accent, pronunciation or vocabulary. I have developed a liking for seasons in which the sun shines all summer and the rain has the manners to keep itself in the winter. Living in wine country has opened my palate to a range of viticulture; which translates to the wine here is good and varied, so try as much as you can.

Amber comments: I think of myself as the open and friendly one of our writing team. I love to experience new food combinations and cooking methods (If they are done well). Having a background in hospitality as a retired major events director and hotel consultant, good service is extremely important in my book. When tasting food or alcohol I consider each flavor and the effort it took to create it. My favorite saying is: “Good Friends + Food + Wine + Laughter = the Fountain of Youth…”

This blog is definitely heavier on the lifestyle side of the blogging world, the travel section is a bit thin — but my, they certainly do know their wines:

Czech Wine Bars

In early April, Amber and I, with a couple of close friends, headed to Prague for a long weekend. It is probably not a shock to learn that we visited a couple of Czech wine bars during our stay.

The Czech Republic is strongly associated with beer. Pilsner is a type of beer, the name originating from the town of Plzeň. České Budějovice in Southern Bohemia is better known by its German name, Budweis. Beer has been brewed there since the Thirteenth Century and was known as Budweiser. The name had such positive connotations, that it was used by Carl Conrad & Co for a “beer” they started brewing in the US in 1876; the rest, as they say, is history. More beer is consumed per person in the Czech Republic than in any other country; each person drinking nearly twice as much beer per year as in the US. Beer may be king, but Czech wine is diverse but difficult to find outside of the country, so I made a point of tasting several wines during our visit.

On our first night, we dined at the excellent Triton, about which Amber had written on her previous visit to Prague. We ordered a bottle of Gotberg Ryzlink Rýnský. The translation of Ryzlink rýnský is Rhine Riesling, in other words, the grape most associated with German wine. This was a stunning expression of the grape; a dry wine whose citrus acidity was balanced by stone fruits. We enjoyed this wine so much that we ordered a second bottle…

Personally, our wine appreciation is pretty much a two level thing: “Tastes good” and “Drink more” — we do have a truly epicurean appreciation of the flavours of vodka that most people find akin to being hit over the head with a baseball bat with, but the subtleties of the grape tend to pass us by.

(With the notable exception of Madiera fortified wine. That stuff, we’re big fans of!)

Razonoda Wine Bar – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Before we return to the US, we took a week to relax on Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Even on vacation, we are drawn to opportunities to taste wine, so we could not pass Razonoda Wine Bar as we strolled the streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town…

My first wine was made from a traditional Croatian grape: Pošip. We had an unremarkable example of this variety at lunch, but what attracted me to this particular expression was the name on the label: Grgić. Mike Grgich is a famous Napa winemaker. He made the Chardonnay at Chateau Montelena that won the 1976 Judgement of Paris. He then went on to open his own Napa winery: Grgich Hills Estate. Mike Grgich was born in that part of Yugoslavia that is now Croatia and after it gained independence he established Grgić in his homeland. We had been underwhelmed by his Napa Chardonnay, but his Pošip wine was a very different story. The nose was a heady mix of honey and kumquat. The light-bodied wine exhibited medium acidity. The wine had an excellent balance between fruitiness in the form of white peach and a grapefruit flavoured citrus bite; backed up by a distinct minerality. The enjoyment of this stunning white was enhanced as the Razonoda Wine Bar had served it at the perfect temperature…

OK, it’s not often that our vocabulary lets us down, but we have no idea what “minerality” means

Minerality is a tricky one to explain, but it refers to a group of non-fruit, non-herb, non-spice notes. Mineral notes can describe aroma or taste or both. Think of the taste of the sea that you get from crunchy sea salt or oysters. The smell of a sidewalk after it rains…

Did you know that? We did not know that. Unexpectedly educational, these reviews, aren’t they now? Well, if I ever need to pretend I am an oenophile, I know exactly where to borrow my language from!

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress + Jetpack setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and like last week, don’t see any monetization plugins here at all, nor any SEO helpers; just a light collection of social media helpers.

Well, that was a more interesting diversion than we’d expected from the regular run of travel blogs; not a niche that overly arouses our particular interest, but clearly considerably more people are interested in wine than World Heritage Site hunting…

… which doesn’t actually surprise us all that much, if we think about it a bit…

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p dir=”ltr”>… so if you ended up here in a search for “wine + travel,” Dear Reader, this would be the blog for you, go check it out!

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