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2020-06-10
Written by:
Anna Kruszczyńska
"I enjoy a new challenge" -  Maciej Łyko talks about how sommeliers prepare for their professional exams and why he decided to leave London and come back to Poland
The story of Maciej Łyko, one of the top Polish sommeliers and the winner of the 2019 Best Polish Sommelier competition, is a perfect example of how a lucky coincidence, hard work and persistence can totally change a professional career. While studying pedagogy in Poznan, Maciej felt like he wanted something more and began to look for some work. He came across a job offer at the Mielżyński Wine Spirit and Specialties wine bar and wine store in Poznan. The owner, Robert Mielżyński, took a chance on Maciej. Due to the fact that there was a lack of people with wine or sommelier experience on...
2020-05-27
Written by:
Anna Kruszczyńska
Drink Pink - Rosé wines worth tasting, part 1
DRINK PINK - rosé wines match perfectly the spring atmosphere. Check our today's selection: Rosé Native Grace made at Henners winery (East Sussex, UK) is a blend of  Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir. The notes  of rstrawberries, rasberries and wild cherry. Importer: Winemates.  Rosé Campuget from Campuget winery (Rhône Valley, France) is a blend of  Syrah and Vermentino; aromas of pink graphefruit, wild strawberries and citruses. Importer: DeliWina. Would you like to know a bit more...
2020-05-24
Written by:
Anna Kruszczyńska
White wines - weekly recommendations - part 1
Spring make us interested more in white and rosé wines, lighter, aromatic, but mineral - matching better with increasing temperature.   Our weekly recommendations: Encruzado  from the wine estate Quinta da Falorca, located in Dão in Portugal. Importerd to Poland by Winemates. Viognier from Domaine Calmel & Joseph, situated in Languedoc region in France. Imported to Poland by Wine rePublic. Chenin Blanc Secateurs made at the family winery A.A.Badenhorstm, located in Swartland in South Africa. Imported to Poland by...
2020-05-15
Written by:
Anna Kruszczyńska
Babylonstoren - beauty and complexity of a wine farm
First impression when you reach Babylonstoren – is this a paradise on earth? Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Dutch Farms located between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands, South Africa. This place is so much more than a wine estate or a farm. It's a concept, a philosophy of healthy life style, a place to spend few hours or even days, depend if you just come there for a lunch, shopping, wine tasting or to stay at their luxury hotel. They also offer a SPA treatment, where you can relax taking in the whole beauty of this place. During weekends and holiday season it’s...
2019-07-18
Written by:
Małgorzata Machajska
Walking through vineyards of Aÿ (Champagne region, France)
A walk in the vineyards of Aÿ last weekend. The Larmat’s map of the vineyards of la Vallée de la Marne in my hand, the green ‘sea’ of vines stretching to the horizon, the sun peeking out from behind the clouds... I was walking past famous parcels. Clos Saint-Jacques and Chaudes Terres, with their vines planted in the 19th c. that survived unscathed the phylloxera crisis and that produce grapes for Bollinger’s ‘Vielles Vignes Francaises’. Somewhere there is also La Côte aux Enfants producing Bollinger’s amazing red wine. Then there is La Côte Glacière and just above it Meurtet, both...
2019-01-20
Written by:
Anna Kruszczyńska
Tokara - visit amazing winery in Stellenbosch Mountians, SA
Tokara – one of the most beautiful wine estates I visited while travelling through wine regions and subregions in South Africa. It’s a complex and very tourist-friendly wine estate divided in two independent parts, located in Stellenbosch Mountains. The first building you see when getting there is where the winery itself is located. The building is modern, has two floors: on the ground floor, which is dedicated to visitors, you find a tasting venue with a wine store and a restaurant. When entering the building, you can see steel vats and part of the winery which is on the...

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