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“Minić is known mostly for his Tamjanika, traditional in style – fragrant and mineral. The base Tamjanika bears the name ‘The Hundredth Tear’ (‘Stota Suza’ in Serbian), which is the title of a poem written by Mr. Minić’s father.”

By Mariusz Rybak

Mr. Minić is known mostly for his Tamjanika, traditional in style – fragrant and mineral. The base Tamjanika bears the name ‘The Hundredth Tear’ (‘Stota Suza’ in Serbian), which is the title of a poem written by Mr. Minić’s father. This is hard for me to translate this rhythmic and rhyming text, but let me at least give it a try.

This is the first strophe:

A hundredth tear of God’s gift
I poured in the bottle to sweeten soul
When your lips kiss the glass
You’ll know where are my vineyards.

Stotu suzu natočih u flašu
Božjim darom, da se duša sladi
Kad usne tvoje pomiluju čašu
Znaćeš gde su moji vinogradi.

There is also a late harvest Tamjanika, called ‘Kasna Berba’  in Serbian; a dessert wine with an intense smell of incense and basil. Finally, there is also an oaked Tamjanika, ‘Barik’ (which is barrique). This will win you over with an aroma of incense too, of course. The very name, ‘Tamjanika’, comes from ‘tamjan’, that is, incense. In addition to that olibanum fragrance, the vanilla notes will also seduce you.

The Minić family is currently working on providing their future guests with an opportunity to spend some nights in the winery, in bungalows. There would be nothing surprising about it, if not for the fact, that the bungalows are made from huge old wine barrels.

Mariusz Rybak is currently researching Serbian wine culture and the notion of wine as a cultural good. His musings on such topics can be read on his blog, Kawa and Vino.

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