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<h2 class="blog-post-title" dir="auto"><a href="/2016/11/if-you-give-a-bulgarian-man-some-grapes/">If You Give a Bulgarian Man Some Grapes&hellip;</a></h2>
<p class="blog-post-meta"><time datetime="2016-11-02T17:58:18Z">Wed Nov 02, 2016</time> by Alan Orth in
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<a href="/tags/grapes/" rel="tag">Grapes</a>, <a href="/tags/rakia/" rel="tag">Rakia</a>, <a href="/tags/wine/" rel="tag">Wine</a>
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<p>If you give a Bulgarian man some grapes, he&rsquo;ll want to make wine. After he drinks the wine, he&rsquo;ll want to use the pressed and fermented remains of the grapes to make a traditional brandy called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakia">rakia</a>. This is easily the most famous <em>cliché</em> about Bulgaria, but in my experience it&rsquo;s not that far from the truth.</p>
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alt="Pitting plums to add to the grape pomace"/> <figcaption>
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<p class="blog-post-meta"><time datetime="2016-05-22T17:29:25Z">Sun May 22, 2016</time> by Alan Orth in
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<a href="/tags/homer/" rel="tag">Homer</a>, <a href="/tags/katarzyna-estate/" rel="tag">Katarzyna Estate</a>, <a href="/tags/svilengrad/" rel="tag">Svilengrad</a>, <a href="/tags/thrace/" rel="tag">Thrace</a>, <a href="/tags/wine/" rel="tag">Wine</a>
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<p>Much of modern-day Bulgaria and Northern Greece was inhabited by loosely organized <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrace">Thracian</a> tribes during the first millennium or so before Christ. Legend has it that they have made wine along the banks of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritsa">Maritsa river</a> for the last 5,000 years. The ancient Greek poet Homer partially corroborates this in his epics written around 800 BCE. From <cite>The Iliad</cite>:</p>
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<p class="blog-post-meta"><time datetime="2016-05-16T07:56:02Z">Mon May 16, 2016</time> by Alan Orth in
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<a href="/tags/stara-planina/" rel="tag">Stara Planina</a>, <a href="/tags/thrace/" rel="tag">Thrace</a>, <a href="/tags/vratsa/" rel="tag">Vratsa</a>
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<p>The picturesque little city of Vratsa (Враца) sits at the foothills of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkan_Mountains">Balkan Mountains</a> in Northwest Bulgaria. On a recent road trip I was amazed when I saw the city sitting under the craggy cliffs of the &ldquo;old mountain&rdquo; (<em>Стара Планина</em>/Stara Planina in Bulgarian). What with the water and all it&rsquo;s kind of like a poor man&rsquo;s <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Town">Cape Town</a>!</p>
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<p>The city of Vratsa below the Balkan mountain</p>
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