Supposedly Glynsky is the wine expert here on diablog. But except for his love of wine and his consumption - a lot - he has not been sharing too much information about wines yet. Aside from his ramblings about "Pink", I almost forgot.
Recently I had the privilege to try an exceptional red wine with an even more exceptional history.
For the rushed reader the key facts:
Name: Mavrud Reserve
Region: Asenovgrad, Bulgaria (!)
Now on to the story behind this great wine.
To really appreciate this wine, a little bit of history is needed.
Around 1850 pretty much all of Europe suffered from an outbreak of mildew. This outbreak destroyed the majority of vineyards all over Europe.
Hundreds of years earlier, the Spanish had exported grapevines to America. Partially to re-establish European vineyards, grapevines from the East coast of North America were re-imported via London to France.
Unfortunately along came the grape phylloxera. The North-American grapevines had developed some resistance, the European had not. From 1863 to 1889 between 3/4 and 9/10 of all vineyards were devastated.
The Mavrud from Bulgaria survived both, mildew and grape phylloxera, without damage or impact at all. Thus, by many it is called one of the oldest and most original grapes in the world.
Mavrud matures in Barique oak butts, has an almost black color and usually 13 Vol %. It tastes delicious and goes well with dark meat or cheese.
It also makes for a splendid night cap, with or without cigar.