Vintage Estonia

DAVID HOGSHOLT

CURRANT AFFAIR: Põltsamaa staff with their fruity tipple

Wine snobs the world over like to show off their expertise by sniffing at a glass and identifying the notes of black currant, citrus and other fruits they detect. For those who find that intimidating, help is at hand from a country not usually associated with wine: Estonia.

Stick your nose in a glass of Estonian red, and if it smells like black currant, then it probably is. The tiny Baltic republic is located too far [an error occurred while processing this directive] north to grow grapes, but it has a flourishing tradition of making wine from the berries that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!