Photo: Arielle DeSoucey

Despite the frigid February temperatures outside, I find no greater joy than cozying up with one of my favorite white wines – Pinot Blanc. Offering a medium to full body, backed by subtle acidity, these wines are perfect for those adventurous drinkers who prefer a bolder style of white wine.

 I like to think of them as white wines for red wine drinkers. Known in Czech as ‘Rulandské Bílé,’ Pinot Blanc is originally from France, where the grape has been cultivated for centuries, particularly in the regions of Burgundy and Alsace. Exhibiting softer acidity and luscious flavors of hazelnuts, ripe green pears and stone fruits, these wines have quickly become my go-to winter white. An early budding, early ripening grape variety, Pinot Blanc is, in fact, a centuries old mutation of Pinot Noir. With a notably good tolerance to colder growing temperatures, Pinot Blanc plantings provide an obvious viticultural advantage in this cooler, continental climate. Here in the Czech Republic, you can find a large share of plantings in the Litoměřice and Slovácko subregions, while the grape also flourishes in Znojmo, Pavlov, and Valtice. Often revealing an opulent texture, particularly when fermented and/or matured in oak barrels, Pinot Blanc is the perfect accompaniment to braised or roast pork dishes, or cream based pastas. Seek out these top producers – Václav, Kamil Prokeš, Čačík, Baláž, & Ilias.

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June Marked by Coffee and Ice Cream

For several years now Brno has been famed for its perfect café infrastructure, it is not called the Czech Mecca of coffee for nothing. Everyone can find their perfect cup of coffee here with possibilities ranging from roaster shops to espresso bars and even a coffee festival. However, the cafés are being rivalled by ice cream parlours, which can now be found on almost every corner.

Exciting June

Welcome to the June edition of Kam v Brně / Where in Brno. This guide to Brno in June is chock full of exciting cultural, gastronomical and free-time tips, we hardly know where to start.

Llamas and Flowers

Join us and our wonderful assistant and guide Agnieszka for a friendly visit at the famous Brno Llama Centre and explore the beauty of protected flowers and species in the former Hády quarry in Brno – Líšeň.


The average price per square meter of a new apartment in Brno has exceeded CZK 100,000. The continuing increase in prices is due to a long-term lack of new construction, which is limited mainly by inflexible planning regulations, according to analysis from the Trikaya real estate group.

Giant Map of Brno

Now, everything can be reached quickly from the Technical Museum in Brno. Two steps – and you’re at Špilberk Castle. Three – and you are standing at the Brno Dam. Five steps will get you to the autodrome. Another five steps, but in the opposite direction, will bring you to the Tuřany airport. All this is possible thanks to the Giant Map of Brno project.