Bubbly Bliss from an Unexpected Source

You don’t see much of it in the United States, but as the world becomes ever smaller, that could change.

We speak of the sparkling wine of Slovenia, a bubbly concoction that’s made by more than 200 vintners.

In France, it would be known as Champagne.

In Germany, it would be called Sekt.

In Italy, it would be dubbed Prosecco or Moscato d’Asti.

In Spain, it would be called Cava.

And in Slovenia, it goes by the name of Penina.

Common grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc are used to make Penina, as are less-common varieties such as Rebula, Furmint and Zelen.

Sadly, about the only places you’ll find Penina here in the United States are at Slovenian restaurants or where there are enclaves of immigrants from Slovenia.

But if you happen to live near such a place, Penina is a wine that’s worth seeking out.

Posted in Wine in the Glass
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