Paul Balke

AMAZING GEORGIA

Photo: Alaverdi monastery situated amid the vineyards of Kakhetia. It possesses a good wine cellar and produces its own wine. If ever a country left an unforgettable memory to me it was Georgia. My visit to Georgia was short, but…

A MIRACLE OF HAZELNUTS

Photo: the dish of Macedonian chef Igor Stepanovski Piemonte’s well-known products are wine and rice. But hazelnuts are an important produce too and are found everywhere in Piemonte. The local variety is called ‘tonda gentile’, known for its rich taste.…

WHY I CREATED MY WINE

‘Why making a wine – there is already too much wine in the world?’ This question is often asked to me after people heard about me producing a wine. This is why: Wine in most cases is a blend of…

FRUŠKA GORA, ISLAND OF WINE

Fruška Gora is a long-running hill range, in Srem district, west of Belgrade, partly in Serbia and partly in Croatia. It’s name is originating from Frankish period in 9th century, when the Germans called it ‘Frankenwald’. Srem was Sirmium, the…

TREASURE WINES FROM SARDINIA

Photo: vineyard on sandy soils for Carignano del Sulcis DOC: more than 400 hectares, all ungrafted vines from before Phylloxera which is unique. The richness of indigenous grapes makes Sardinia´s viticulture highly interesting and this in combination with the original…

IS IT OK TO PARTY ?

Three days ago my friend, Paul Truszowski (a wine journalist from Berlin born in Poland), posted on social media about enjoying and partying at this time of the year. 1)   He describes his Polish grandfather who was taken away…