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Posted by shot2pieces, Dec 10, 2008.

Hi everyone,

Michal here, I'm from Poland. Registered a couple of weeks ago, even added some reviews, so this is just a formality :)

OK, I know - Poland is not a typical wine-loving country (cue the vodka jokes), but it's changing rapidly, trust me. Obviously wine-drinking is a social activity for me - even though "social" usually means "enjoying good bottle with your significant other". Marriage is definitely a good friend of wine - my wife and I are a good example of that. A part of our honeymoon - this summer - was a visit to Sonoma and Napa. Too short, but remarkable anyway... It was a symbolic start of paying even more attention to wine... and paying more for the bottles, naturally! ;)

Anyway, here I am, glad to find precious hints and info on Snooth :)


Reply by oceank8, Dec 10, 2008.

Welcome to snooth! I don't know much about wine and Poland, is it difficult to get? If so, I am wondering how you first got into wine? Sounds like a great honeymoon!

Reply by shot2pieces, Dec 10, 2008.

Thanks :) Wine is quite common in Polish shops and it's becoming a more and more popular beverage. Many importers as well. What is annoying: the prices.. high excise tax & importers fees... which means that a basic Sutter Home white/red costs about 8-10 USD instead of ca. 5. My favorite Argentinean malbec is sold for 12 USD/bottle in California and around 18 USD here... quite a difference :(

There aren't many reasonable wines here with the price tag "under 10 USD", more like 10-20 USD (of course we do pay in Polish zloty, I'm just making it easier to compare).

But it can't stop a wine lover :)

My story would be simple. Casual drinker for years, usually trying to stay budget-friendly and usually devoted to whites. The big change somehow happened this year, we had the chance to try some very nice - and reasonably priced - wines during our trip to California. The autumn suddenly became a great season for malbecs, carmenere and also cabs... and slightly more expensive choices ;) (we are enjoying every sip of these!)

I guess that's it :) Thanks again :)

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Dec 10, 2008.

Hi Michal,

Welcome to Snooth and the forums!

Sounds like you are well on your way to exploring all your options and finding great values in unexpected places! Have you driven around to the European wine regions much? I know my friends in Italy frequently travel to Poland on holiday. Maybe you just go in the other direction?

I look forward to seeing you continue to add your notes and participate here in the forums!

Reply by Philip James, Dec 10, 2008.

Michal - welcome to the site! Does Poland make any decent wine? I know the southern part of Eastern europe (Croatia etc) does, but its probably colder even than Germany where you are.

Reply by shot2pieces, Dec 10, 2008.

Hi and again thanks for warm welcome!

Italy, Spain, France... nope, never did a wine tour there. I mean not yet. It will come. Oh yeah :)

About Polish wine - we actually had a very complicated law that made legitimate winemaking virtually impossible. They'd urge tiny boutiques to follow harsh rules prepared for big distilleries... Thank God that mindless law was finally changed this year, meaning that winemakers will be able to promote and sell their wines on the open market. I would not expect anything spectacular, but who knows? South-western part of Poland is quite warm, Austrian-like climate. This is where most vineyards are. Anyway, give us some years and perhaps we'll have something to be proud of :)

Reply by Philip James, Dec 11, 2008.

Michal - good to know. I really think there will be an explosion of increasingly better quality wine coming from less and less well known wine regions - eastern europe, china etc

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