There is always something brewing in the Balkans! This time though it is slowly fermenting. A new book from Caroline Gilby MW published recently offers fresh insight into the wines from Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova. It is the right time as recent climate change related harvest pressures have started to shift the focus of the UK Wine Trade firmly to the east. And not only for intriguing grape varieties, but also for unbelievable quality price ratio fuelling lucrative bulk deals and own brands. The crusade against classic grape varieties in the Balkans and beyond has given deals of plenty and has managed to keep in check the prices of classic grape varieties. Under pressure from France and the Brave 'Not so New' World the very few Balkan wine brands were not allowed to develop and time has come for the big bulk players to reap the rewards. Mature vines of Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are now providing bulk wines with substance even under the 1 euro per litre range. This has also kept the odd Claret or Rhone lookalike coming from the East at now ridiculously cheap low prices as well. Bulgaria is set to show some of these bargains at a Modern Wines of Bulgaria Trade and Press tasting on 1st of November in the Bulgarian Embassy in London from 10.30 to 4.30 pm. Those not in the trade can join us for a public wine tasting in the Bulgarian Culture Institute from 7pm for the meagre price of £15.per person. To see the new face of Modern Bulgarian Wine and sample some of the greatest bargains of the century come along or email for more details and info of the event.

Written by Vassil Rachkov — October 05, 2018


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