At least 53 of the world’s countries make wine. But even that list, extensive though it is, does not mention Montenegro. A small country (population 600,000) with Europe’s largest continuous vineyard (5,700 acres), Montenegro, under the brand name Plantaže, exports to 35 countries, including the United States. And while its vineyards also grow Cabernet Sauvignon and other Western European varieties, it takes particular pride in wines made from its native red grape, Vranac. About 70 percent of its vineyards are planted in red grapes; of those, 70 percent are Vranac.
To understand Vranac, think of Zinfandel. That grape was brought to California from southern Italy, where it is called Primitivo, in the mid-1800s. In turn, Primitivo landed in southern Italy via Croatia, which lies across the Adriatic Sea from Italy; its Croatian name is Crljenak. And Croatia lies just north of Montenegro. Vranac may not be Zinfandel, but it is considered a close cousin.
And it is a perfect wine for summer barbecues. Vranac’s color tends to be ink-deep, its flavors reminiscent of black cherries and black currants. Its body is dense, and it shows hints of spice and vanilla. A sturdy wine that lives up to the meaning of its name, Black Stallion.
Among white grapes, Montenegro favors its native Krstač. The grape’s clusters grow in a shape similar to a cross, hence the name krstač, or “cross.” Krstač produces a pale-yellow, delicately perfumed, medium-bodied, dry, flavorful wine — a fine accompaniment to fish dishes, light meats and mild cheese.
Montenegro’s Chardonnay makes a full-bodied wine and has its own individual flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon, there labeled simply Cabernet, is dark-shaded, medium-full with a deep, earthy aroma, while Merlot is even deeper in color, a well-made, vigorous red that will stand up to whatever meats you have on the grill.
The price of these wines adds to their summer appeal. Most sell for $10 to $12 a bottle. Those with “Barrique” in their names, meaning aged in wood, cost about $25.
Montenegro was part of Yugoslavia after World War I and later in a union with Serbia until it voted for independence in 2006.
As its native wines show, it can certainly hold its own.
On Location Experiences makes it easy for travelers to head to London or Mexico City for upcoming NFL games. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium hosts the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders Oct. 6, and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Oct. 13; Wembley Stadium hosts the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams Oct. 27, and the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars Nov. 3; and Estadio Azteca hosts the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers Nov. 18.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
Starting in November, guests at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru enjoy new all-pool water villas that offer twice as much outside space as indoor space. The villa expansions bring outdoor space to nearly 2,000 square feet across multiple “zones,” including sun decks, social spots, over-water hammocks, al fresco showers and dining areas. A 40-foot pool extends into the lagoon; nearby, a shaded, ocean-side living and dining pavilion offers unparalleled views.