Wines from Slovenia, puklavec & friends

Slovenia has a long history of wine making. Long before the Romans cultivated most of Europe with wines, Slovenia’s wine history dates back to the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Like most of Europe, Christian monasteries took over wine making in Slovenia during the middle ages. Private wineries flourished during the Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War II when Slovenia was part of Yugoslavia, most winemaking was controlled by the government and bulk wine making focusing on quantity over quality. When Slovenia became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991 and the wine industry was again in the hands of privately owned wineries. Modern high quality wine was restored in Slovenia and the USA is one of the few countries where it is imported. 75% of the wines produced are white wines.

The Puklavec family has been involved in the wine business since the 1930s. Puklavec wines were popular throughout Europe. Their grandfather and father built the wine cellar where the current winery stands. After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire the winery was part of the cooperative system that produced state run wines. In 2009 the Puklavecs regained control of the family winery and modernized their winemaking facility. They have a firm belief that wine is meant to be enjoyed with food, made with love and meant to be shared with friends. They named the new winery puklavec & friends.

puklavec & friends Sauvignon Blanc/Pinot Grigio, 2013 is light pale straw color. It has rich aromas of lemon-lime, Granny Smith Apple, honeydew melon, kiwi and wet slate. The palate is filled with crisp citrus acidity up front with tangy tropical fruits on the mid palate with that tart acidity and minerals coming through on the medium finish. Enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc/ Pinot Grigio blend with a New England style Lobster Roll on a hot summer’s day.

puklavec & friends Pinot Grigio, 2013 is light golden yellow with lemon rind, pineapple and minerals on the nose. Tart lemon-lime, lychee and minerals fill the palate. The puklavec & friends Pinot Grigio has a crisp acidic mouth watering finish. Enjoy with summer vegetable primavera pasta finished with a hint of cream.

With a modern outlook on producing high quality wines, the Slovenian wine industry is making a comeback. With wineries like puklavec & friends the wines of Slovenia are making their way back to the dinner tables of wine lovers.IMG_1414

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