Surprisingly sophisticated wines from Croatia, Romania and Georgia. 

By Carson Demmond and Ray Isle
Updated May 24, 2017
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Don’t write off these bottles because they were locked for decades behind the Iron Curtain (or because their names are hard to pronounce). Countries like Romania, Croatia and Georgia have been making wine for thousands of years, and great examples are now coming to our shores.


2011 Zlatan Otok Plavac Sibenik ($20) Dalmatian Coast red rich in plum and spice flavors.


2015 Cramele Recas Dreambird Pinot Noir ($8) A bright, crystalline rendition of the classic grape.


2013 Orgo Kakheti Rkatsiteli ($25) Robust, tea-scented, golden-hued white.