Friday, 11th of December is for relaxing and feeling optimistic. We had many wine lovers visiting and we discussed about the art of making artisan wines. We talked that that choosing wines that come from supermarkets ( in Finland we don’t have wines in supermarkets, we can buy wines from a monopoly owned shops only)or which are industrial-made means that you are letting someone else, someone who doesn’t know you, choose what you will like, or what the ‘average’ person will like. In such cases, more often than not, the label and the marketing matters more than what’s inside the bottle.
While choosing to drink and select artisan wines means you get to be the protagonist of the story. In other words, choosing wines that are made honestly, based on traditions and the territory, where what’s on the inside, and more importantly, what’s beyond the bottle – the story, integrity, tradition, and the landscape – are what matter. This is the philosophy of our Wine Stories- come to find your own artisan wine and tell us your own wine story.
9th of December was dedicated to this exceptional red from an exceptional winery and even more exceptional wine makers of Dragomir Winery Estate. Their wines are always elegant, precise, unique, boutique and of high quality.
When you are thinking of a perfect dinner – Pitos will be the perfect match with the rare blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon together with the jewel on the crown Rubin. There are about 16,000 bottles of the 2012 Pitos-this full-bodied wine is very well integrated with blackberry, cherry, and spice and finishes long with firm and yet balanced tannins and toast with more dark fruit.
Dragomir named Pitos after the clay vessel that the ancient Thracians buried in the ground and used to make wine, like the qvevri that Georgian winemakers still use. (Though Dragomir doesn’t use this to make its Pitos wine.) Dragomir Winery Estate is a synonym of quality that lifts up the wines of Bulgaria to the highest level of winemaking.
This rate wine can be tasted and enjoyed In the heart of a Helsinki at WineStories winebar and show room. Come and make your own wine story with us!
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
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
3rd December- Wine makes people happy- our Christmas calendar picked up a wine that can be called a Nobel Majesty! It has elegant body, fruit and sophisticated tannins. During the dark evenings while planning and pre -tasting the menu for the family Christmas dinner- this awarded PInot Noir Z Reserva 2016 deserves a special place on the festive table. It will surprise you with its gorgeous fruitiness and ending with a sense of finesse, vibrant body of vivid raspberry, black cherry, plum and anise, all gaining momentum as the full body rolls on. Ultra-fine tannins support the firm structure, finishing with cedary toasty oak, espresso notes and mineral finesse.
And when making a nice dinner for your special ones and if you you have no idea what wine to serve, this aristocratic Zelanos Pinot Noir Reserva is the one that will definitely make an impression. It will also make you shine not only as a great chef but also a a wine lover!
Pinot Noir is a wine that goes well with all types of food but also on its own. It a real luxury in the glass and elegant treat for a true connoisseurs.