8th of December

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8th of December is for Domain Bessa Valley and their distinctive wines Enira. Enira is a big and opulant Bordeaux inspired Bulgarian red from an estate with a French style and attitude.

Bessa Valley’s owner is Count Stephan von Neipperg who also has several prominent Bordeaux properties to his name including Châteaux Canon La Gaffelière and La Mondotte. He and his team chose this area for the wonderful clay-limestone soils, with parellels to that of Saint Émilion in Bordeaux, which he believed had the potential to make great wines.

In the shadow of the dramatic Rhodope Mountains, these soils provide the structure, strength and minerality that allows the creation of wines full of power and elegance. Enira wines from his Bulgarian estate are strongly influenced by his style.

This is a blend of around 50% Merlot, 25% Syrah and smaller proportions of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon which, after fermentation, is aged of around 12 months in French oak barrels. The nose is full of vanilla and menthol aromas with plenty of berry fruits also in evidence. On the palate dark fruits dominate with flavours of raisins, liquorice and sweet spice along with rustic, gamey and meaty notes. It has a well rounded structure with quiet prominent, but well integrated tannins.

Come to taste them in our show room and wine bar and make your Christmas Wine Story.

7th of December

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This bold and beautiful wine originates from the village of Merul where the Thracian golden treasure was found in the middle of 20th century. The place is also the place of origin of the indigenous MAVRUD grapes.

This wine can be tasted in Wine Stories show room and wine bar and can be also ordered in Finland from ALKO online shop selection. It will love to be delivered to your nearest Alko shop and to you as soon as you place an online order.

Once it reaches your table, it promises to show up beautiful ruby colour, open its multilevel black fruits aromas, surprise you with rich taste, soft tannins and leave pleasant and soft therapeutic finish. It loves to accompany any meat dish with rosemary potatoes, lazy easy going pizza or sometimes being playful and give a touch to desserts such as apple or mascarpone pie, cheese-or lemon cake.

These elegant wine from 2016 have a tremendous capability of ageing and is proudly wearing few medals from international competitions.

5th of December

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We are in love with this wine we got as a present and sample to taste and remind us for the Cabernet Franc day (4th Dec).

Cabernet Franc Day celebrates the Father of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cardinal Richelieu, who died on 4th Dec. For your Christmas table, Grab a bottle of Cabernet Franc and give tribute to this fantastic varietal!

Cabernet Franc is believed to have been established in the Libournais region of southwest France, sometime in the 17th century, when Cardinal Richelieu transported cuttings of the vine to the Loire Valley.

Today, Cabernet Franc is one of the twenty most widely planted grape varieties across the world.

“Cabernet Franc unites francophiles , terroir snobs, locavores, “balance” freaks and plant geeks. It is complex and distinctive and often wonderful. Cabernet Franc is the wine for our moment.”

– Ben O’Donnell, Wine Spectator

4th of December

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The calendar surprise of December 4th- One amazing Wine from our special collection is born in the skirts of Thracian Valley, in Villa Yustina winery. It shows it’s spectrum under the name Monogram and has the unique characteristics Mavrud & Rubin from 2014.

Attractive blend of two indigenous varieties Mavrud 60% and Rubin 40% with Intensive ruby red color and complex nose, hints of mature black fruit, chocolate and vanilla. Full elegant body with soft tannins. The wine has matured for 18 months in 100% Bulgarian oak and 2 years in bottles.

The wine pairs perfectly with roasted meet and makes special match with traditional Bulgarian cuisine stews kavarma or kapama.

It proudly wears several international Awards:
BIWC – Gold medal for vintage 2014
MundusVini , Germany- Gold medal for vintage 2014
Selection Mondiales des Vins, Canada 2016 – Golden medal
Vino Balkanika –Golden medals for vintiges 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
BIWC – Golden medal 2013
Mundus Vini, Germany – Golden medal 2013
Mundus Vini, Germany –Best bulgarian red wine 2013
Mundus Vini,Germany – Silver medal 2015
Vinalies Internationales, France –Silver medal 2014
Korea Wine Challenge – Best bulgarian red wine 2014