The Old Cellar is teaming up with two Masters of Wine for this live Zoom presentation. Rose Murray Brown MW will be hosting the presentation with guest host Dr Caroline Gilby MW, the UK’s leading specialist in Eastern European wines. The tasting will feature native Bulgarian grapes – with Caroline and Rose guiding you through the selection of four wines from across the country with images illustrating the winemakers, wineries, beautiful vineyards and regions.
Those who sign up for the tasting and mixed case will be sent a tasting mat, tasting sheet, wine preparation guide and cheese matching suggestions (optional) – along with a live Zoom link to attend the tasting on Friday 30 April 6.30pm. If you are unable to attend the tasting, a live recording can be sent for you to watch whilst enjoying the wines in your own time.
Deadline for orders to be shipped and arrive in time for the event: Tuesday 27th April 12.30pm (UK time)
Rose Valley: AXL ROSE VALLEY MISKET LIMITED EDITION 2019 Chateau Copsa
100% Misket – an indigenous Bulgarian white grape variety, the clone for AXL is Karlovo or Rose Valley Misket – which is only grown in the small region of Rose Valley in Central Bulgaria. This is made by Madlena Kuzmanova from grapes grown in a single vineyard.
The best example of Tamianka grape made in Bulgaria – a local selection of Muscat grown for centuries in Bulgaria and some other Balkan countries. South Sakar is one of the sunniest regions in Bulgaria and really suits the grape. This is made from Bratanov’s Shishmanovo single vineyard – crafted by winemaker Maria Stoeva using the winery’s signature wild yeast fermentation.
Danube Plain: H’s RUBIN 2019 Haralambievi Family Vineyards
A very popular modern style of Rubin made by the recently established Haralambievi family winery, who make a range of high quality boutique wines in the Danube Plain region. Rubin is a cross between two European grapes: Nebbiolo and Syrah.
Mavrud is an ancient Bulgarian grape variety which is made in a variety of styles, in this case a powerful oaked style. Mavrud is a particular passion for the Rumelia family winery which is now run by the founder’s daughter Tsveta Kostova, near Panagyurishte. Their Merul Reserve was recently voted as one of the top 50 best wines in DiVino magazine.