The Best Serbian Wines

Serbia is the European country located in the southeastern Europe, in the heart of the Balkan Peninsula. Serbs are known as passionate people, we are known after amazing hospitality, for being very emotional, very joyful, traditional and with huge cultural heritage and long history. Another fact about Serbs – we are hedonists. Our country is known after many traditional dishes as Sarma – made of cabbage and minced meat, Prebranac – dish made of beans and usually with meat added, Rostilj – different meat products, or Ajvar – kind of salad, specialty that comes from South of Serbia, made from red paprika, and many other traditional dishes. Production of wine is increasing each year, and since 2010, an annual international wine fair is held at the Belgrade Fair, named “Beo Wine Fair”. Harvest season in Serbia begins in July, and ends in October (last grapes for wine making). In this article you will find some useful information about our wines, and list of some of the best Serbian wines and wineries. And did you know that in Serbia there are around 700 different kinds of wine?

 

  1. Winery Aleksandrovic– located in a small village of Vinca. This part is known for viticulture and winemaking. Their tradition is long, but following new and modern technology. They are also engaged with wine tourism with over 15000 people annually visiting the winery either individually or as part of a group. They are open for wine tasting. They have a space that accepts 60 people at a time. Some of their most famous brands are Trijumf, Trijumf Barrique, Oplen, Harizma and Varijanta, but they have a lot more to offer, so make sure to check it out if you enjoy a glass of good wine!

 

The best Serbian wines Aleksandrovic

Aleksandovic

 

  1. Winery Zvonko Bogdan – located in Subotica, at the North of our country. For their wine they say it’s authentic and recognizable, impeccable and high quality. The winery was found in 2008th and ever since it was following modern trends but also respecting old tradition of wine making. They were named after famous Serbian singer – Zvonko Bogdan, known for his traditional songs. Their wine is made from grapes from their own vineyards, and you can also check their wine out on their wine tasting tour.

 

The best Serbian wines Zvonko Bogdan

Zvonko Bogdan

 

 

  1. Jovic Winery– located 10 kilometers away from Knjazevac, in the village of Ravna. It’s a family cellar with long tradition that has been kept through generations. They cultivate grape varieties: Vranac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat Hamburg, Chardonnay, Rain Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The quality of their wine has been confirmed many time through many prestigious awards. Their tradition of wine making has started in 1987, and until now they have capacity of the cellar 130,000 liters. Visit them and enjoy the taste of their wine!

 

The best Serbian wines Jovic

Jovic

 

  1. Acumincum Winery– located in Stari Slankamen, only an hour away from the capital, Belgrade. what is special about this winery is the ambient. It is on located on banks of Danube river. At the very heart of the winery lie remains of a Turkish bath. It’s a truly splendid place to sample some wonderful wine. Except for tasting the wine, you’ll have a great opportunity to learn more about Serbian history led by an amazing guide. It’s an experience you definitely shouldn’t miss once that you come to Serbia!

 

The best Serbian wines Acumincum

Acumincum

 

  1. Winery Despotika– it is located near Smederevska Palanka, in Sumadija, part of Serbia covered with forest and wild nature. Their desire is to promote rich Serbia culture, tradition and cosine along with amazing high quality wine. It’s attractive to visitors for several reasons, a very popular tourist attraction in Serbia. They can offer you international varieties of Muscat Ottonel, Riesling, White Pino and Pino Noir. Make sure to check it out!

 

The best Serbian wines Despotika

Despotika

 

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Low-Carb Appetizers and Wine Pairings To Serve At Your Next Party

As we get older, there’ll be a moment that we tend to hesitate whether we should eat something salty and satiating with a glass of wine, or refrain from them and stay healthy. Well, you can do both without worrying about your blood pressure and calorie intake! Try the following low-carb appetizer recipes and pair them with the wine of your choice. Enjoy!

Quick Guide for Appetizer and Wine Pairing

Mostly, this is how we pair different wines with typical appetizers:

  • Sparkling Wines with salty food
  • Riesling with spicy food
  • Zinfandel with nachos and ground beef
  • Sauvignon Blanc with chips and salsa
  • Chardonnay with BBQ shrimps
  • Cabernet Sauvignon with bleu cheese
  • Pinot Noir and Syrah with BBQ
  • Barbera and Sangiovese with pepperoni pizza

 

Moreover, if you’re keeping your weight off, here are some of their low-carb, healthier alternatives:

1. Iceberg Lettuce and Burger, a.k.a ‘Iceburg,’ and Cabernet Sauvignon

Nothing is better than a lafite rothshild or other carbs and a grilled cheeseburger! The rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon is classically paired with meaty dishes like muttons and beef. Sadly, often, we have to cut back on carbs.

 

Thankfully, there’s a healthy replacement that’ll surely make you feel a little laxer on our burger cravings! Try this cool, crunchy ‘iceburg,’ in which buns are replaced with iceberg lettuce, offering us a low-carb burger! Check this recipe from Delish:

 

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

 

Ingredients:

  • one large head of iceberg lettuce
  • one tomato, sliced
  • one red onion, sliced
  • one lb. ground beef
  • four slices of bacon
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • four slices cheddar
  • ranch dressing

 

Instructions:

  1. Make veggie buns by slicing the edges of the iceberg’s heads into eight large rounds
  2. In a skillet (size depends on how much bacon to cook), cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Transfer bacon and drain oil from. Set aside and reserve bacon fat in the pan.
  3. On the same skillet, cook onions for three minutes on each side. Set aside onions and wipe the skillet clean.
  4. Shape ground beef round. Make four large beef patties. Season each side of the patties with salt and pepper.
  5. Re-heat skillet to medium-high. Cook patties between 3-4 minutes/side until each side is seared. Top a slice of cheese on each patty. Cover the skillet and let the cheese melt for a minute.
  6. To make the burger, make one iceberg round as the base and top it with the cooked patty with cheese, alongside a slice of tomato and bacon.  Drizzle the burger with ranch before placing the second iceberg round on the top.
  7. Serve hot with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

2. Fresh Tomato Salsa and Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is known to excel with vegetarian or veggie dishes. The food-friendly acidity of this wine works well with appetizer salads that are citrusy and grassy with aromatic smells from herbs.

 

This perfectly works well with parsley and cilantro, and, perhaps, the only wine that can endure raw tomatoes and asparagus. Even goat cheese will taste well with Sauvignon Blanc! Try this low-carb Fresh Tomato Salsa from AllRecipes with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc:

 

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 1 hr, 10 mins (You’re not going to work for an hour! Check the instructions)

 

Ingredients:

  • three tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ c onion, finely diced
  • five serrano chiles, finely chopped
  • ½ c fresh chopped cilantro
  • two tsp salt
  • two tsp lime juice

 

Instructions:

  1. Mix tomatoes, chili peppers,  onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt altogether in a medium bowl.
  2. Chill it in the refrigerator for an hour.

 

3. Carrot Fries and Sparkling Wine

Due to its acidity and low alcohol level, sparkling wines tend to be excellent to be paired with any kind of food. Aside from sophisticated delicacies like caviar that is usually paired together with Champagne, sparkling wines are great with no-frills fried foods and salty snacks.

 

The thing is we wanted to avoid unhealthy compounds from takeaway popcorn, fish-and-chips, french fries or potato chips, as much as possible, right? Instead, here’s another must-try recipe from Delish. Try this easy,  low-carb carrot fries recipe:

 

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

 

Ingredients:

  • one lb carrots
  • ⅓ c mayo
  • two tsp canned chipotle
  • ½ lime juice
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • two tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • kosher salt

 

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Peel and cut carrots lengthwise, quarter-sized.
  3. Mix carrots with cumin, paprika, and olive oil, and season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the mixed ingredients on a baking sheet evenly and bake for 20 minutes or until crisp or tender.
  5. For the sauce, whisk mayo, lime juice, and chipotle in a bowl.
  6. Serve carrot fries with the sauce—best with a glass of Champagne! 

 

Author Bio

2Scarlett Wells is a freelance writer and wine enthusiast. She is an active critique examining all levels of wine types so she can produce reviews and articles that will help guide every consumer in selecting the right kind of wine to drink. Aside from that, she wrote a lot of blogs maximizing the real usage of wines. In her free time, she reads a lot about food and beverage pairing in order to help her become an effective mentor inspiring everyone to maintain a fit and fab lifestyle.