Both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot bottlings are oak-aged and international in style, while still maintaining their full-bodied rich extract flavors unique to this region. The Cabernet Saivignon is plummy and jammy on the nose, with wildberry and hints of sour cherry on the palate. It will age and improve in the bottle. Merlot Reserve The characteristic red wines from Vinakoper are full bodied, rich in extract and heavy. Firm and fruity, nicely balanced and extremely food friendly. Shiraz Shiraz has peppery aromas of blackberry, with earthy berry notes on the palate. Refosk Vinakoper’s Refosk, perhaps the most popular red varietal in Slovenia’s coastal region, is deep violet in color, and features a pleasant bitterness on the palate and finish. On the palate, are strong currant, wild berry, and plum notes. Malvazija Malvazija is the winery dominant white, a typical wine of the Istrian peninsula. Fresh, not to strong with neutral bouquet and unobtrusive flavor. Fragrant wine
Primroje Saksida Ceceia Red A blend of merlot 50% and cabernet sauvignon 50%. Definite full body flavor. Pinot Grigio The winery mixes traditional cellaring methods along with state of the art technology and oak cask aging to produce unique and rich wines that are a clear reflection of the region. Charisma Red Charisma Red: 35% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Pinot Noir, this blend features bright currant and berry aromas, ample but well-balanced strawberry and cherry notes on the palate, mingled with a light touch of oak. Aged in oak for 16 months prior to bottling, this will age for at least the next decade. Charisma White Charisma white: A blend of equal parts of pinot blanc, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay, Charisma White is delicately balanced, with complex citrusy aromas and a smooth long finish. Aged in oak for one year prior to bottling, this blend will age nicely for at least the next five years, perhaps longer.
Zelen Is an uncommon autochthonous grape cultivated only in the Primorje area. Wine producers have decided to evade it owing to its less output, but throughout years of concentrated harvesting the wine producers of the Vipava Valley have managed to invigorate this exceptional wine. Zelen is distantly associated with the Italian Verduzzo. Zelen actually means green in Slovenia, but with current systems of making this is fairly a misnomer. The wine grapes have an intensely coloured squash and without sieving of the must, the typical shade of the vine extends from a profound yellowish green to an astounding bright green, more so as the coverings are fermented along with the must. The tiny lees particles might attach an appealing taste to extremely youthful wine but must be evaded if the vine is to be stored as they have a propensity to ferment (decompose, actually) and include distastefully polyphenols to the vine.
Primroje Saksida Celeia Red A blend of merlot 50% and cabernet sauvignon 50%. Definite full body flavor.
Podravje Celeia White-Ormoz One of the oldest wines produced by Monks in Jerusalem Ormoz winery. Crispy. Celeia White label. A blend of sauvignon blanc (40%), sipon (30%), riesling (15%) and chardonnay (15%), Celeia White is a delightful easy drinking white. With ample fruit aromas and delicious on the palate, this medium dry offering is a popular bargain price point blend.
Valdhuber Estate Svecina, Podravje region Located northwest of Maribor, Slovenia's largest city, the Valdhuber estate is quietly nestled in the hills just south of Austria's Styria; indeed the border is just 200 meters from the family's cellar. Celeia white We have selected a blend from Valduber, long regarded as one of the finest white producers in Slovenia, for our proprietary Celeia White label. A blend of chardonnay (70%) and Laski (Italian) riesling, Celeia White is a delightfully easy drinking wine. With ample fruit aromas and delicious on the palate with clean, crisp and long finish, this fusty but dry offering is a popular bargain price point blend. The winery's numerous honors include Decanter Magazine's 2010 World Wine Awards for the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Laski Riesling.
Riesling Is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.
Rhine Riesling (Renski Rizling) - A medium dry wine, whose pleasant acidity and high extract give it its full-bodied, harmonious and lively texture. It has rich aromas of peaches and pears, with a subtle note of honey, with a fresh crisp finish. A warm sunny autumn a later harvest, making the current release among the best vintages of the past decade.
Blazevi Cabernet Sauvignion Unoaked, fresh fruity flavors, with hints of cherry, strawberry and spice Rebula Excellent smooth white wine. A highly aromatic nutty blend of aromas, deep in flavor, with lingering subtle honey notes on the finish. Very dry, very delightful. Chardonnay Very delicate yet definite taste of chardonnay. One of the best chardonnay's you have ever taste.
Pecaric Family Estate Blaufrankisch Red Blaufrankisch - The most successful red from the region is Modra Frankinja, known as Franconier Noir to the French, Lemberger to the Germans, and Blaufrankisch to the Austrians. Deep rich red in color, Modra Frankinja is a full-bodied dry red, with layers of fruity notes. Some would describe it as fuller Pinot Noir, though the two are in no way related. Moderate in alcohol (11.8 %), the Pecaric bottling is a terrific example, full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit notes and a touch of spice on the palate.
Grlica Estate Winery Gewurztraminer Traminec in Slovenia, Grlica’s offering has the grape’s typical tropical fruit notes, with a tangy sweetness many enjoy from this rising star among varietals. On the sweet side of dry with peaches in the background Sauvignion Blanc Sivi Pinot in Slovenia, delicate earthy and citrusy notes, somewhat distinctive from the other similar offerings from Posavje, with a balanced fruity sweetness,caramel & anise, though not cloyingly so.
Cviček Wine from the Lower Carniola region of Slovenia, composed of various grapes:Modra Frankinia (Blue Franconian),Zametna Cmina and krajlevina and occasionally Laski Roesling (Italian Riesling) is also added. Modra Frankinja gives it its full flavour, Zametovka makes it drinkable and adds to its acidity, while Rdecka Krajevina as one of white sorts regulates its alcohol level and provides the wine with an agreeable gentleness. This is not rose but very light color red and define raspberry taste.
Laško Brewery Is a brewery in the Slovenian town of Lasko and the largest brewery of the country. The brewery was founded in 1825 by Franz Gever, a gingerbread baker and mead producer. After World war 2 ended in 1945, Laško was the fifth-largest in Yugoslavia. It lost much of the Yugoslav market in 1991 after Slovenia declared independence and the resulting Ten Day War, although sales rebounded during the 1990s. The brewery participates in the annual summertime Festival of beer & flowers (Pivo-Cvetje) in Laško, one of the most popular events for tourists in the country. After disapearing from the market for about 2 years Lasko is available again.
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This beer pours a clear pale straw colour, with one finger of fluffy white head, which leaves a decent panel of lace around the glass as it slinks away. It smells of biscuity, crackery grain, and mild grassy, earthy hops. The taste is mildly sweet barley grain, and floral lea-esque, grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, decently smooth for a lager, and yet still adequately crisp. It finishes fairly dry, the musky floral, earthy hops showing up the rest.
Lasko Club, brewed by Lasko Brewery, is an exceptionally clean tasting beer, probably due to the region's exceptional water. It is a 4.9% ABV beer, catering to the masses and providing almost no character.