Though local winemaking continues to improve, there’s still a lot of plonk in Prague, much of it found in Vinny Skelps (cellars filled with cheap, and deplorable, wines). As for the good stuff, make sure to seek out Gruner Veltliner, Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, Sauvignon, and (new to even the biggest wine geek) the muscaty Irsay Oliver—all from the premier winemaking region of Moravia. There are also some credible local Merlots to be had, but give more time to Pinot Noir, Blue Portuguese, and Lemberger, grapes that get too little respect in the States. As for producers, clip these names for easy reference: Madl, Reisten, Dobra Vinice, Vin Select, Biza, Kovacs, Spielberg, Springer, and Tanzberg.
4. Insider's Tip
Published on Feb 14, 2007 as a web exclusive.