Try to link up all the wine bars on a walk through Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, and you might find yourself in need of a glass of pickle juice. (That’s the local hangover cure
While many western wine drinkers are unfamiliar with Moldovan vintages, the tiny Eastern European country is a heavy hitter, and wine has been made here for at least 5,000 years. Using a blend of Caucasian, European and local grapes, Moldovan vintners bottle everything from dry, velvety reds to dessert-friendly ice wines.
Attend the festivities for National Wine Day
to try a little bit of everything with an enthusiastic crowd of locals.
Why go: Learn to say “noroc!” — that’s cheers — over a glass of Moldovan wine.
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