We’re pleased to share with you a post written by our friend Natalie who visited us in the midst of our wine scouting trip while we were in Croatia this summer. Nat is a Research Assistant and doctoral candidate in her home of Berlin, Germany. Enjoy! – Alleah
Italy is home to some of the most famous wine regions in the world. When a region gets famous the wine normally becomes expensive. There are always small wineries making great wine for good prices that are not too expensive. But the question is… how do you find them?
You hear us talking about trying 100s of wines and you might wonder how we stay organized and sober enough to methodically evaluate and choose our favorites. We swear… there is a method to the madness.
Sure, we’ve had wine from Austria before. In the past few years more and more Austrian Grüner Veltliner (white wine) has made it’s way into the US market. But if we are looking for the gems that haven’t quite become popular in the US then the question is, does it makes sense for us to use our experience with Grüner Veltliner as a benchmark for evaluating the wine during an in-person tour of little vineyards?
We didn’t have specific goals when we arrived. We just wanted to start learning the wines, meeting people and getting to know the regions. But we quickly started learning what wine should taste like at certain price points.
Have you ever had a friend that just… you know… tells you like it is? Well, we have one and she handed us our asses after she came to visit us while on the road scouting for new wines. She saw us in action and couldn’t believe we aren’t posting more about what importing actually involves.