Hot Rakia & Sheep’s Brains—Bulgarian Cuisine Gets Interesting in Varna

Varna is feeling like home. In fact, Bulgaria seems like home. Long-term travel, especially by motorcycle, with no itinerary, gives me to settle in when it feels right. Here in Varna, it feels great. Tonight I meet Nina, my new friend, and sommelier at Sea Terrace. It’s her night off, and we will give our […]

Salla Estate Winery | Where The French Come To Buy Bulgarian Wine

One of the Bulgarian wineries making a name and earning praise and accolades in the eastern part of the Danube Plain is Salla Estate. Located just 60 kilometers from Varna, Salla Estate’s beginnings started in 2007 when brothers Ivan Ivanov and Georgi Anastasov planted some 30 hectares of vineyards outside the village of Blaskovo. In 2010, […]

The Black Sea Coast In Bulgaria: Varna Nightlife, Food, Wine & Friends

With my bike safely parked in front of the Divesta Hotel in downtown Varna, I exchanged my motorcycle boots for walking shoes and headed to the Black Sea Coast. Varna is the third-largest city in Bulgaria and the largest in the Bulgarian Riviera. It is the northernmost city on the Black Sea and is served […]

Wines You Didn’t Think Could Be From Bulgaria | Tsarev Brod Winery, Danube Plain

The ride from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna over good roads is uneventful and takes me about three hours with a stop for fuel, coffee, and a much-needed drink of cold water. After battling the notorious Varna traffic, I get lost looking for my hotel. My time is tight as the clock ticks. Legendary sommelier and […]

History, Food, & Wine in Bulgaria’s Old Capital—Veliko Tarnovo

In Sliven, I have my only and last meal in the restaurant at the Park Central Hotel. The staff allowed me to taste the samples of Rossidi wines Eddie gave me, along with a glass of Pinot Noir by Edward Miroglio, another nearby winery. Edward Miroglio not only owns the winery that bears his name, […]

Rossidi Wines. Where New Ideas & Risk Taking Is Changing The Face Of Bulgarian Wine

With the ancient city of Plovdiv fading in my rearview, I motor down the back roads through the Thracian Valley. After an hour, I rejoin the highway for thirty minutes and then return to the back roads. Today I will meet Eddie Kourian, the CEO, co-founder and proprietor of Rossidi, a boutique winery outside of […]

Where To Wander In Plovdiv Bulgaria For The Best Food, Wine, Coffee & Culture

Plovdiv Bulgaria is the country’s second-largest city after Sofia, the capital. Spread about in the Upper Thracian Plain, Plovdiv is one of Europe’s oldest cities. Historians date the location back some 4,000 years BC when Thracians settled in the hills surrounding the town. They built a fortified settlement in what’s called the Three Hills—and so […]

Zagreus Winery—Where A Philosophy of Organic Farming and Experimentation Makes The Difference

It’s about a fifteen-minute drive east from the center of Plovdiv to the sprawling Zagreus Winery. My driver Todor never visited the winery but admitted he isn’t familiar with the wines.  The winery and tasting room sit on a hillside overlooking over a hundred hectares of vineyards. Its modern architecture and floor to ceiling curvilinear […]

Drink Local. How Dragomir Is Pushing Bulgarian Wine To New Heights

Today I head to Plovdiv where I’m excited to explore the wines of the Thracian Lowlands and meet one of Bulgaria’s most lauded winemakers, Natalia Gadjeva. I’m eager to taste her wines and talk about the history and future of Dragomir Estate Winery which she owns and operates along with her husband, Konstantin and their […]

Sofia Spontaneity & Wild Nights

No itinerary. Mostly, it’s how I travel. I also thought “No Itinerary” would work great as the name of our television show. Allowing for spontaneity traveling with a loose schedule leaves room for possibilities and lets you take advantage of opportunities that you may discover. In fact, there’s no reason I need to leave Sofia […]