By Eric Horn, Mr. Mama Maven
Sometimes things come together with perfect timing. Throughout the winter and spring, I have been preparing for a Bronze Age archaeological dig in southern Bulgaria. Then along came a Master Class in Bulgarian wine sponsored by the European Union and the Republic of Bulgaria. It so happens that the part of Bulgaria that I will be visiting is in the heart of Bulgarian wine country and that wine making has been an industry in Bulgaria since antiquity. This is going to be a nice added bonus when my vacation rolls around and since the ancient Bulgarians drank wine from this area, I had better get up to speed. Bulgarian Wine Master Class: Learn About the Wines of Bulgaria
The event was hosted by the wine director of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Marika Vida-Arnold, at the Hunt and Fish Club in NYC. The event featured wines from the vineyards of Assenovgrad, Edoardo Miroglio, Vinal and VP Brands International. Bulgaria offers some internationally medaled labels and a wide variety of wines including, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Muscat, Gamza, Pinot Gris, Marselan, and Egiodolat.
In all, we tried eight glasses, which I heartily enjoyed (we did have to pace ourselves though).The different wines were accompanied by a delicious lunch provided by the Hunt and Fish Club. I had an amazing piece of arctic char and a huge piece of chocolate cake.
Everything was so scrumptious and I really enjoyed tasting Bulgarian wines. It was a wonderful time. I am even more excited about my trip and am now thinking about adding a tour of a vineyard so that I can have another tasting.
Have you ever tried a Bulgarian Wine? If not, where is your favorite wine from? Let me know in the comments. And if you’ve ever been to Bulgaria, what are some must-sees?