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Snooth User: jtryka

I am heading to Prague in August, any advice

Posted by jtryka, Apr 6, 2013.

Yeah, I know, drink the beer!  Why would a wine fan want to travel to a place better known for beer anyway?  Well, my ancestry is Bohemian, so I wanted to see a bit of my roots in the Czech Republic, so a hundred thousand frequent flyer miles later and I am in business class to Prague!  So I've read they do have a wine country there, but if you have any hints or suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them!


Reply by Mike Madaio, Apr 6, 2013.

There's a great wine bar called Monarch near the city center that is definitely worth a visit. We had some Czech wine when we were there, mostly because it was both local and inexpensive, but IIRC it was decent. (Don't remember what it was.) Very nice place to hang out and have a drink too - comfortable, nicely designed, and one of the few places that was non-smoking (a few years ago at least - not sure if that has changed), which was a nice change of pace from the dingy beer bars.

Not that you should miss the pubs and the beer, of course. The Bohemian Black Lager is my all time fav beer style, and Kozel Cerny (Kozel Dark) is one of my all time fav beers, not available in the US. There's also a budding craft beer scene; we went to a small brewpub near the new town square called Ferdinanda that had great beer and excellent goulash.

Check out Bourdain's No Res episode in Prague before you go - he visits some good beer spots. I don't think they do wine. The Prague episode of Three Sheets is also worth a watch, though obviously much less serious.

Oh, we also went to a good high-end resto: V Zatisi. Good wine list from the looks of it and I remember the food being very good.

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 7, 2013.

Have a good time JT, never been so looking forward to a trip report.

Reply by jtryka, Apr 7, 2013.

Well, I'll definitely have some posts about my experience, but they'll have to wait until I get back, as I don't plan on bringing any technology with me, lest I am tempted to check my e-mail, or the markets or do some other work while I should be enjoying my vacation!

Oh, and Mike, thank you so much for the suggestions, I will definitely take advantage of them, as that wine bar sounds terrific!  I looked at my hotel bar wine list as well, and they had a few Czech wines that I'll try for something like $2 a glass!  Even if they aren't great at least I won't spend a lot to find that out!

Reply by EMark, Apr 8, 2013.

I don't plan on bringing any technology with me.

That's why they call it "vacation."  Good for you.

Have a great trip.  I am envious and look forward to your reports.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 9, 2013.

Mike gave me some really good advice when I went to Rome last year with the kids, so I'd follow up on any suggestion he made.  I'm looking forward to the report, and let us know about the beer, too.  The Czechs all but invented good modern beer, IMO.  I don't drink a ton of beer these days, but if I was in the Czech republic, I wouldn't miss out on it.

Reply by jtryka, Apr 13, 2013.

Well, considering my great great grandfather came to Chicago from Bohemia and was a barrel maker, I can see myself indulging a bit on the beer side of things!  In any case, I'll try to take good notes for a full report on my return, and I'll definitely follow up on Mike's suggestions.

Reply by Snoother 1278314, Apr 23, 2013.

I stumbled upon this question when looking for some help on where to buy Georgian wine online, in Europe. But I can enthusiastically answer this question. Last Sept I was in Prague and discovered an absolutely delicious black currant wine that was being sold in a market.

The market was in near the beautiful Municipal House, in an outdoor market that has local Czech products.

I kept the plastic bottle that it came in. It is a plain white label and it says Vino z cerneho rybizu and Distributor Ivana Roskova 110 00 Praha 1, 725 832 563. The vendor offered samples.

I bought only half a litre. How I wish I had bought more!

By the way, I second the recommendation of Kozel Cerny.




Reply by edwilley3, Apr 24, 2013.

As it turns out, I dined last week with a gentleman who had retired to Prague. He was back in Dallas to attend to some financial matters (Taxes!). He told me that he drinks terrific European wines at a major discount. In addition to his normal range of European wines, he said that he gets lots of delicious Austrian whites, as well as some tasty Czech whites.

Keep in mind that this is a guy who used to own verticals of Petrus, Caymus, etc. I don't think he would tell me that he liked the local wine unless he really did.

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