I am a wine amateur, I will never have the palate of Louis de Funès in the "The Wing or the Thigh” (L'aile ou la cuisse) or the abundant knowledge of a wine expert. I have always been proud to be a member of the spirits drinking popula- tion, but suddenly, about a decade ago, a new, in nite world emerged before my eyes. The world of wine! Since then, I have been trying to explore it with an insatiable thirst not only for knowledge but also for the satisfaction of my exasperated Epicurean instincts. This endeavour in Bulgaria is impossible without the attractive and comprehensive guide of Tzveta Tanovska and Katia Iontcheva. I would easily admit that for the last ve years when at a wine fair, I look for Tzveta and wait for her to take out the BOOK from her bag. Then I read it at once, and throughout the following year I re-open it again to check on something or to see if our opinions about a certain wine are the same. Certainly, this guidebook does not pretend to describe in full detail everything that can be found on the Bulgarian wine market that is lled with enthusiasm and love, but it gives you enough information so you can nd everything you need. Bulgarian wine is still underestimated at pretentious Bulgarian restaurants, that are ready to introduce you to everything from the Old and the New World, and the guide could certainly change that. Let it be that change as wine producers in Bulgaria deserve it not only because of the medals they are constantly winning at prestigious wine exhibitions but because they put a great deal of e ort not just to survive but also to be modern, innovative and up-to-date with wine trends and even set them rst. They deserve respect, recognition and high sales, and this is one of the instruments to achieve that. An invaluable tool that o ers even laymen like me all the necessary information. So let's raise our glasses for Tzveta, Katia and all of those who made it possible to hold in our hands the Bulgarian wine guide for the sixth year in a row!
The Balkan Countries are a fascinating world, very important in terms of total wine production, celebrating history that goes back many centuries. Quality has improved dramatically and what is needed is good communication and clear voices to spread this message.
Tzveta’s and Katia’s or shall I say “spirit of the tastings“ and “sense of the tastings“ Bulgarian Wine Guide, already in its fi fth edition, is exactly on this right path promoting Bulgarian wines that are getting more and more attention during the last few years. Written in both English and Cyrillic it is an excellent tool for those who would like to go beyond mainstream regions and explore Bulgarian wine.
Composed by a series of small informative articles – this year on organic wines, bottles shape and sizes, wine faults and others - along an alphabetical listing of the wineries with tasting notes, it is as complete as possible. It is a very well written Wine Guide with all the required information, concise as it should have been for a pocket wine book but not missing and key information; even coordinates for the wineries’ location are included along address, etc.
The truth is, I am interested in the world of wine and excited by it. I am a bit reckless, which to a certain extend goes well with wine. It is strange that I was invited to write the introductory words to such a serious professional catalogue dedicated to the wine production in Bulgaria. I am a regular customer of the wine industry and that is why I am considered important. Got it!
You cannot make wine without crushing the grapes... I came upon this saying probably long before I even knew what wine was. It is a nice, popular way of living with the acceptable amount of violence that the family, school, government, etc. bring to us. It was later on when I learned that wine itself is an even more wonderful way of dealing with school, family, the government. This fragrant, sunny escape that has been drawing its followers through all the centuries of human civilization, wobbling merry and joyful after Dionysus’s thyrsus.
When I was invited to write the introduction to the Catalogue of Bulgarian Wine 2013 I was not sure what to expect of this new encounter. As a matter of fact, this is not a dry collection of numbers and dull information. This catalogue is a serious and intriguing piece of work, targeted at a wide, yet well informed audience - business people with a particular interest in wine, traders and professionals in this field, connoisseurs, tourists curious about wine...