I have always loved catalogues. They give me a sense of security, calmness and predictability. So do maps, atlases, and encyclopedias, but they are actually different types of catalogues. The word catalogue itself is of Greek origin - and means a list of information about objects compiled to make identification of these objects easier by employing certain characteristics.
As wine lovers are generally artistic and absent-minded people, the idea to compile a catalog of Bulgarian wine born seven years ago was quite in place and definitely filled a gap both on the book market, and in the restless soul of Bulgarian wine lovers. Now, the seventh edition of the catalog closes the cycle known as the first seven years, and this allows and even requires a review. The catalog appeared at a time when even specialists had begun to lose themselves among the large number of wine producers and the even greater number of wines on the market. It came out with the bold ambition not only to offer comprehensive information, but also to give an objective assessment of the developments in the Bulgar- ian wine sector. Seven years later, I am extremely happy that Katia and Tzveta succeeded in this endeavor. I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to write the foreword of this edition.
As an active user of the catalog, I can say that it is extremely easy to use, concise and beautiful. At the same time, it con- tains an enormous amount of information organized in an easily perceived way. The catalog is bilingual, which makes it the perfect guide for foreigners wishing to get acquainted with the wines of Bulgaria. And last, but not least, it makes for a wonderful gift. I myself have given a great number of copies to my friends all over the world in the past years. For many of them, it was the first encounter with Bulgarian wine. For none of them did it remain the last one.
The short, but interesting articles at the beginning are a valu- able source of knowledge about the history and the current state of viticulture and wine production in Bulgaria, as well as about other wine topics. Their style is tight and concise, and they make for a light and pleasant reading.
Wine cellars are listed in alphabetical order, with short presen- tations, contact details and brief descriptions and assessments of the wines they produce. The five-star wine assessment system is easy to read for both professionals and anyone who likes wine. Tasting notes are succinct and clear, which is key to such a book, which should present a tremendous amount of valuable information in only a small number of pages.
The list of five-star wines at the beginning of the catalog is a very good idea. It is useful for everyone, and immediately grabs the attention of those leafing through the edition. I can definitely say that this list has become one of the influential Bulgarian wine charts.
The team of tasters boasts some very interesting persons with varying interests, professions and life paths, besides Tzveta and Katia. What unites them are their strong feelings about wine. And the fact that I would love to share a bottle with each of them.
In conclusion, the fact that this book is in your hands is a good start. If you are reading this, you should know that more is yet to come! And definitely I can say that the catalogue of Bulgar- ian wine has had its first seven years ... Cheers!
Radoslav Radev Chairman, National Vine and Wine Chamber of Bulgaria