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June 17, 2013

Vinaria Purcari, A Moldovian Experience

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 10:24 am

purcariAuthor: Dirk Chan

Moldova wines are getting some exposure in North American, you see their wines represented in numerous wine fares (as in VinItaly for example) nowadays. Moldova is a grape-cluster-shaped nation of 3.5 million inhabitants, bordering Romania on the west and Ukraine along the north and east, with only a jagged edge of Ukraine separating it from the Black Sea in the south. Declared an independent state in 1991 as part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union – while poor, Moldova has a well-established wine industry with many families having their own recipes and strands of grapes that have been passed down through the generations. As of 2009, Moldova was the 22nd largest wine producing country in the world.

Vinaria Purcari is the most respected winery in Moldova. Purcari is both a commune and a producer on the southeastern tip, The winery was formerly the property of the Afono-Zagraf Monastery dating back to 1827. at is located on the same latitude as Burgundy’s Macconnais.

In 1878 at the Paris World Exhibition, the jury awarded the gold medal to a dry, densely colored red which they believed to be a new brand wine from the Bordeaux region. The surprised unveiling was a Purcari wine. The wines have been served and enjoyed by historic figures such as the Russian Emperor Nikolay II, King George V and Queen Victoria. Currently, Queen Elizabeth is said to prefer the Negru de Purcari and ordered the 1990 vintage regularly.

Join us on Saturday, June 29th from noon-3pm as Celestial Wine & Spirits present two unique reds from Vinaria Purcari for your sampling pleasure.

More info on the free drop-in event and the wines here..

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