"Wine has a voice for those who wish to hear it and for those who take the time to understand it" ~ Maria at Vinakoper
It's a beautiful day here in
a hot warm day, the place I'm writing one of my follow-up stories about a few
of my adventures .
waiting to take eager tourist on a city tour just below my corner window. Tours , wow
it's a beautiful country, so clean and crisp, beautiful Mountain ranges greet
you as depart from the airport and green, green everywhere you look. Slovenia
So the evergreen forest scene is not your thing, huh? Well not to worry, because they many beautiful beaches and seaside resorts waiting to welcome you. If you feel a chill, while inland then I'd just cruise to the coast and catch some sun and take the plunge in the
Adriatic Sea, that's what the locals do.
For a country of only two million people, I'd have to say they really know how to keep their country litter free, I was hard pressed to find a scrap of paper anywhere just laying about. Some other countries in the world, [including my own] may just want to fly a representative there to see how and what true respect for the land looks like, clean as the proverbial whistle.
I say a slice of
because unlike my other
fellow journalist who accompanied me on this trip to what I will describe for
me personally as the virtual unknown, my part of the journey was cut a bit
short. Like the slice you see above, cut from the whole, so too was my trip to Slovenia . Oh
yes, as if par for the course, I had few obstacles set in my way before and
after arriving. It was as if the universe was saying no-no Bill, don't go, to Slovenia . Slovenia
There were unexplained cancellations of my original flight, with shoulder shrugs of indifference via Air
[once I arrived at JFK] and
then there was the sudden and painful food poisoning via my dance with the
Octopus the night before, which cramped my style so much, I had to beg for
So to say I even saw a slice of this amazing country or its wonderful people is a generous statement at best. But I do hope to revisit again one day in the future, with fortune smiling on my journey the next time.
But now for one of the most ideal dessert and wine pairings I've ever encountered, please don't take my words lightly here. When I say ever, I truly mean ever. This was my first experience with either one of these great items you see pictured above, but I hope it will not be my last. The dessert you see plated above is called Prleska [Presna] Gibanica; a blend of cottage cheese, raisins, with a subtle sweetness and other yummy stuff. Sorry I didn't get the ingredient list and the sparkling wine you see pictured with above is a
and it sells for 12 euros. Muscat
If you're looking for thee most amazing wine to pair with your wedding cake and have a toast with your guests, yes
elegant, and sophisticated. But it lacks the one essential component necessary
to pull off the pairing perfection; it has little RS like the bubbly pictured above. In pairing wines
with desserts it's important to remember to pair sweet with sweet for pairing
success. I've eaten plenty of wedding cake in my day, and feel qualified to tell you a matter
of factly that the above wine, is a wedding cakes best friend [don't doubt me]. Champagne
As you can see from the picture above
very green place, no shortage of rainfall here. The brand Ormož Jeruzalem was
named after the two towns, both of which are closely related to wine and
vineyards Slovenia is the highest point and
the center of our vineyards. As legend has it that this area was named at the
time of the Crusades. Jerusalem
Many of crusaders coming through this area at the time believed this must be the idealized Jeruzalem and opted to stay instead of returning home. Ormož is a picturesque ancient town on the steep terraces above the riverSlovenia is a gorgeous unspoiled country, one I hope to visit again someday and I'd encourage you to do the same. It has great art, culture, castles, skiing, basketball, fantastic food, fun and interesting people and above all quite the selection of new and different styles of wine to sample and savor. Until next time folks remember life is so short, so take a chance, do something different, don't settle and for gods sake get out there salud!
and has always been
associated with wine. If you'd like to take an in-depth look into the Slovenian
Wine Scene, then click here for
all the details, on tour, travel and more. Drava