December 15, 2005
The guide who presents the wines at the actual tasting is really entertaining, making the visit and the wine tasting even more worthwhile. We found out that Cojuşna is a small vineyard, though its wines are among the top ones. Some of them are really sweet, but you need to consider that in that part of the world, those are the ones requested, not the dry ones.
We stepped into the galleries of wine through a door of a seemingly old vault. It is here, we were told, that the usual wine is matured in glass or aluminium barricks, while the more special ones are kept for maturation (4 to 5 years) in oak barrels and then bottled. The dry wines can be further matured in bottles up to 20 to 30 years and the sweet red ones up to 160 years. Those wines that reach the age of 100 years become like gelatin and can be eaten with a spoon.
While talking with friends upon my return, they recounted once receiving a monk from the Republic of Moldova who brought such a very old wine, telling them not to take much. Not being aware what it actually was in the bottle the monk brought, they took a lot, and before realising, they were in a somewhat better mood--as wines become older, the percentage of alcohol rises.
The visit and the wine tasting, which includes something to eat (that really amounts to another meal!), costs $20 per person, which is really not much.
From journal Welcoming Moldovan-style at Cojuşna