Category Archives: Bulgaria

Tales from the East

Over the years I’ve been writing about wine I found my role has changed. Back in the mid 1990s when I first went freelance, there were still a lot of really quite poor wines for sale, so the job of … Continue reading

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Ancient Thrace

This was as slightly tricky one – writing about Bulgarian wine without mentioning Bulgaria.  The idea was that the piece had to be about the Thracian lowlands region  – one of Bulgaria’s two PGI zones.  This was another Decanter sponsored feature. … Continue reading

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Remembering Ogy

I actually had glass of wine called “Carpe Diem” in my hand when I got the news. One of my dearest friends in wine died suddenly yesterday and I’m still in shock that he’s gone. Another cruel reminder about living … Continue reading

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The Blue Danube

If you are interested in the wines of Serbia, this site is a great resource.  The owner has written a piece on masterclass I held in Timisoara in November for the Ro Vin Hud wine fair in aid of a fantastic charity called … Continue reading

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What ever happened to Bulgaria … Revisited

A couple of weeks ago I went back to Bulgaria on a research visit, a trip I was slightly nervous about.  I was traveling as a wine journalist and yet my hosts had, slightly strangely, arranged for me to be grilled … Continue reading

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The New Bulgaria Masterclass for Bulgarian Association of Independent Wineries

On 18th March 2015, I led a masterclass showing a selection of wines from some of Bulgaria’s new wave of small independent estates.  It was held at the Bulgarian Embassy in London along  with my co-hosts were  Steven Spurrier and … Continue reading

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Time to be Taken Seriously

My latest article for Harpers on the current picture and potential in emerging countries from Eastern Europe. I genuinely believe the time has come for these countries who have quality, fair prices ( us usually though not always) and an … Continue reading

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