published a post recently about elderflower syrup, which is traditional favorite around Europe, in my experience, especially in Bulgaria. The rose syrup is a bit more elusive because despite the numerous gardens a plenty with the elegant blossoms, these varieties are usually ornamental and lack the intense aromatic that the Bulgarian roses exudes, such as the Damask variety.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
On May 31 - June 2, 2013, our weekend as a "rosober"(the Bulgarian word for a rose picker) was filled with many wonderful experiences, such as learning about the process used to make the world famous Bulgarian rose oil, which contributes to 70% of the worlds output. The country takes great pride in the roses they produce and it is truly a cause for celebration in the Valley of the Roses, where you can find fields of roses as far as the eye can see. Our trip lead us to the area around Karlovo, so were able to enjoy their festival.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Monday, June 3, 2013
I have frequently heard the name Konstantinos Lazarakis mentioned at wine events in Sofia, as he is a Master of Wine, a very prestigious achievement especially, since he is the only one in Greece and Eastern Europe, unless you count the one from Hungary, plus has a deep knowledge of Balkan wines. I was signed up to take his master classes offered at the Balkan International Wine Competition (BIWC) and the topic, as he is Greek was called Greek Wines - The Jurassic Park of Viticulture - Rare Greek varieties. My deep connection with Slow Food and my love of heritage food and wine, excited me for his lecture. What I didn't anticipate was how much I would enjoy it. The lecture was interesting and informative, plus Lazarakis is fantastic speaker.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I met the owner of Villa Melnik, Nikola Zlaktanov in Novermber 2012. I was giving a talk on Slow Wine at DiVino's Taste and he came up to me afterwards to chat about Bulgarian wine and the importance of growing traditional Bulgarian grapes. This small family winery is located near the village, Harsovo, in the Melnik winemaking region (obviously) and they take great pride in producing fantastic wines from the legendary Broad-Leaf Melnik grape.
Monday, May 27, 2013
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I have frequently heard the name Konstantinos Lazarakis mentioned at wine events in Sofia, as he is a Master of Wine , a very prestigious...