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It is strange that Bulgaria as one of the cradles of wine-making and viticulture does not have more indigenous grape varieties. Apart from the ubiquitous Melnik and Mavrud the latter of which the Greeks have claimed to be theirs, only a few others come to mind. Compared to the land of vines Enotria aka Italy, Bulgaria has no legs to stand on. Perhaps to compensate that new grape varieties continue to be selected and created in Bulgaria as we speak. The Institute of Viticulture and Enology (Wine-making) is to propose  two new wine grape varieties in 2014 to the Executive Agency for Seed Control.  In the last two decades the Institute has proposed 21 new wine grape varieties and established itself as the leader in  providing viticulture solutions in Bulgaria. Set up in 1902 in the town of Pleven as a State Controlled Station for Viticulture and Enology to help with the devastation of phyloxera, it was the fourth scientific research institution in viticulture in the world.  One of these new grape varieties to enter is Bouquet, registered in 1951. A cross between the Beauty (Pinot Noir) and the Beast (the indigenous Mavrud)  it did not boldly appear on international stage up until recently. Borovitza Winery has bravely embraced it in its Terroir series and we have shipped a few to satisfy our curiosity!  After rigorous tasting with and without food we can confirm that Borovitza Bouquet has carried the elegance and crispness of the Pinot Noir while retaining some of the ''butch'' spiciness and fuller body of the Mavrud. We have matched it to pork chops with lentils and chips. No doubt it will be also excellent with tomato based sauces, so consider Spaghetti Bolognese.

Written by Vassil Rachkov — February 11, 2014

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