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Moldova National Wine Day Celebration #WorldWineTravel

Our newly formed #WorldWineTravel group is collaborating with Wine of Moldova and Vinconnexion to celebrate Moldova National Wine Day on October 3 and 4.   The event celebrates Moldovan winemaking traditions from the 15th century with cultural events and traditional foods. While the group is posting this weekend, our official start date will be later this year.  Keep watching!

Moldova is located between Romania in the west and Ukraine on the east.  Moldova was behind the iron curtain until 1991 when it fell. Wineries and vineyards flourished under private ownership.

Check out this event that is happening today!

We are hosting a Twitter chat on Sunday, October 4 at 11 am EST.  Come and talk with us about all things Moldovan!  Look for the hashtag #WorldWineTravel and #WinesofMoldova.

Our sponsors, VINOvations sent us samples of Moldova Wine for us to try.  The only expectation is that we try them and pair them with food and let you know what we think!  I have done one other post on Moldova wine here.

To get into the spirit of the event, I am using my Moldova wine to pair with a couple of traditional foods that I think you will love.  The first dish is Mamaliga (so fun to say!) paired with Brinza cheese.  As unusual as this sounds, Mamaliga is simply polenta with vegetable stew and feta-like cheese!  A garlic sauce is poured over the dish for extra flavor.  I found the recipe at Ingmar.app/blog/recipe.


We paired this delicious dish with Kazayak Viorica wine, a white wine made from Viorica grapes, indigenous to Moldova. Very aromatic with wildflowers and sweet fruit. It is rich and intense with a medium body. The finish is long, with an ending of fresh white grape. Viorica is a girl's name in Moldova and is a flower that grows there. It is appropriate for the naming of this grape as well, as the wine is reminiscent of floral aromas.

What to expect if you get to attend:
  • Taste wines in Wine School
  • Travel in time as you watch wine being made as it was hundreds of years ago.
  • Enjoy the crafts, buy a souvenir!
  • Taste the treats of Moldova by street vendors.
  • Go on a wine tour
  • Listen to traditional music

Enjoy learning more from our #WorldWineTravel bloggers about the Moldova National Wine Day!

  • Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla shares "Two Indigenous Moldovan Grapes - Fetească Albă and Fetească Neagră - Paired With Colțunași Harnici (Hard-Working Dumplings)" 
  • Wendy from A Day In The Life On The Farm is “Celebrating the Food and Wine of Moldova” David from CookingChat has "Food Pairings for Moldavan Wines" 
  • Lori from Exploring the Wine Glass shares "Sitting Down with Master of Wine Caroline Gilby to Discuss Moldovan Wine" 
  • Terri from Our Good Life shares “Moldova Wine Day Celebration!” 
  • Linda from My Full Wine Glass is "Celebrating ‘My Wine Day’ and the little country that could" Robin at Crushed Grape Chronicles shares "Moldovan Wine – moving forward while not losing track of the authentic grapes of their past" #WorldWineTravel 
  • Susannah from Avvinare writes “You say Feteasca and I’ll Say Moldova” 
  • Jennifer at Vino Travels tells us about “Eye Openers to the Wines of Moldova” 
  • Melanie from Wining With Mel is "Exploring new territory with Moldovan wines" 
  • Jeff from foodwineclick asks the question "Are Local Grapes the Future of Moldovan Wines?" 
  • Lynn from Savor the Harvest  share "Moldovan Native Wine Grape Discoveries" #WorldWineTravel 
  • Jill from L’Occasion discusses “Wines of Moldova: Worth the Adventure” 
  • Payal from Keep the Peas pairs "Kashmiri Yakhni Pulao and Moldovan Wine" 
  • Nicole from Somms Table is "Celebrating Moldova National Wine Day with More Food and Wine Explorations" 
  • Rupal at Syrah Queen shares "Celebrate Moldova National Wine Day - Exploring Native Varieties"

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  1. I used a different recipe for mamaliga - one that called for chicken thighs. I bet there are as many versions as there are cooks. Yours sounds delicious!

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  2. Mamaliga! I'm curious to know the origin of the dish. Given what I've read about the Kazayak Viorica, yep, lots of yum in that pairing!

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  3. What a delicious sounding dish and it is always interesting to see what kind of wines people pair with certain dishes too.

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  4. This sounds like fun! I would be all about the food. I recently figured out where Moldova was thanks to the show 90 Day Fiance.

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  5. Hi it's Brenda from RubyHemMinistries.com Good food, good wine, who can go wrong with that winning combo?

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  6. I’m not a wine drinker but this sounds like fun.

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  7. I was introduced to wine a year or so ago. The dishes look tasty paired with these wines.

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  8. I really need to do something like this. I hear that wine would be better for me than my bear or twisted teas, but I have yet to figure out why kind of wine I enjoy drinking.

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  9. I really like the recipe that you made to go along with it. It looks really tasty!

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  10. Everything looks delicious! I love pairing wine with food and this celebration looks like so much fun.

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  11. This dish sounds really yummy. I can’t wait to give it a try.

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  12. Nikki Wayne1:34 AM

    This sounds so fun. I don't know the place but tasting different wine and local treats is priceless.

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  13. I love Moldovan wines such like Purcari, Cricova or Asconi. I visited some of Moldovan wineries and it was an unique experience and I recommend it!

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  14. Mamaliga looks delicious. I've never heard of it, but I'm drooling now!

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  15. Moldova looks so good! I love a good national wine day celebration!

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  16. This polenta recipe looks absolutely wonderful and pairing it with the white wine sounds like a perfect choice!! I must try your recipe and the wine!

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  17. This looks really good. That wine and the food look amazing. What a great combination this is too.

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  18. Your dish looks delicious. I was wondering about what type of cheese "Brinza" was. I can imagine that paired wonderfully with the Viorica!

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  19. Now I am hungry for a lovely dinner and a glass of wine! Thanks for sharing the national wine day celebration.

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  20. Kita Bryant11:03 AM

    I would love to celebrate something like this. Everything looks so good!

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  21. I love hearing about new wines and this seems like a very fun event!

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  22. Yum! Your mamaliga looks delicious. It's been fun to see a few different versions of this dish throughout the group's various posts (I took on a mushroom version) and how they worked with the wines. Such a fun exploration!

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