Do you know that a Czech wine was selected “Best White Wine” at the prestigious 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition?
It seems the cat is out of the bag when it comes to the quality and character of these delicious wines from Eastern
Now, it used to be when I thought of this historic nation, I would think of handcrafted crystal, intricate garnet jewelry,
Viticulture and wine are nothing new to this region of the world. Like many parts of Europe, the Romans brought the
Today, the Czech Republic has a small but thriving wine industry. The majority of the vineyards (96%) are located in the
The nation itself is landlocked and the terrain is predominately rolling hills, with the White Carpathian mountains sheltering
There are are about 18,000 winemakers in the country - many of them extremely small with production of only a few
Many of the grapes grown here are familiar names:, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Cabernet
A system of quality designation, based on the French AOC and Austrian DAC, regulates things such as where the grapes
Our hosts for this wonderful tasting were Vojtěch
Kacerovský and Barbora Skokanová, both of the
Czech Tourism Board.
The majority of the selections were from the
Vino z Czech (or Wines of Czech), which is the leading
US importer of wine from Moravia. Every wine is
selected by top Czech sommeliers to showcase the
best the country has to offer and to highlight the
typicity of the region.
The focus, according to Vojtěch, is on wines that
compliment food and, like any of our Wine
Review Council tastings, that is something
that is never in short supply!