My April Wine List

Spring is here & which means show-off time for the wineries! New releases, especially the whites from 2020 vintage, or some of the ready to come out on the market reds. As the weather is somewhere in between, some days are sunny, some days are cloudy, my March wine list brings you a bit of this, and a bit of that, and something in between for every wine lover out there.

Popov Gewürztraminer Vrshnik 2019, WCGO Tikves Wine District
This Gewürztraminer won gold at this year’s spring tasting at Mundus Vini in Germany and for one reason only- it is outstanding! It is a dry wine characterized by crystal medium yellow color. It’s fresh and aromatic, intense perfume-like on the nose with aromas of the white cherry tree, lilies blossoms, and roses. The taste is as intense with luscious lychee, passion fruit, and honeysuckle flavors allied to zesty acidity with a long lingering spicy aftertaste. Available at bigger supermarkets, VinArt, Biblioteka, Fine Wine, other specialized wine stores, and wine.mk

*Price MKD 465 at wine.mk

Chateau Kamnik Carmenere 2019, WGI Republic of N. Macedonia New wine from Chateau Kamnik winery that just came out on the market. Lovely crimson color in the glass where on the nose we are taken by a wave of roasted fleshy red pepper and red cherries. More of that fruitiness we find on the palate allied by bitter dark chocolate, ground cocoa beans, and paprika spiciness. A medium-bodied wine with tender tannins and vibrant acidity. The label is custom-made by well-known Macedonian painter Mihail Korubin and one that raised too many eyebrows. I personally think it is a great way of elevating both art & wine. Available at Kamnik Wine Store, Biblioteka, Fine Wine, specialized wine stores, and wine.mk

*Price MKD 1100 at wine.mk

Tikves Alexandria Cuvee Rosé 2020, WCO Tikves Wine District
A rose that a few days ago won gold & special prize just at Citadelles du Vin 2021, wine competition held in Bourg Sur Gironde, near Bordeaux.  It is a blend (cuvée) of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dry rosé wine with pale salmon color and intense aromas of roses, stone fruits, and subtle raspberry hints. The palate shows off with crunchy cherries and red grapefruit flavors with hints of orange zest accompanied by crispy acidity. Available at bigger supermarkets, specialized wine stores, and wine.mk

*Price MKD 450 at wine.mk

Lazar Pearl Frizzante Brut Rosé, WCO Tikves Wine District
In addition to their Lazar Pearl, Lazar winery has recently added Pearl Rose as well. A lovely pale pink color marks this dry sparkler. Harmonious, fresh, and fruity with an abundance of raspberries alongside subtle red grapefruit peel notes. Lovely red berry and red currant flavors on the palate while the soft bubbles and vibrant acidity caress your tasting buds. To be paired with blinis and raspberries or strawberries-based sauce, though my favorite pairing was with butter and raspberries. Excellent aperitif wine and a great pick as a welcoming drink. Available at bigger supermarkets, Biblioteka, other specialized wine stores, and wine.mk *Price MKD 495 at wine.mk

Please note that the prices are cellar ones & might vary if you’re buying from a local wine shop