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Replay: The continuing potential of Croatian wine

by  |  26-08-2021

This is a reprint of the original article that ran May 7th, 2017. I’ve long been a fan of Croatian wine, but always frustrated at the country’s stumbling blocks as a whole to warrant more... more » This is a reprint of the original article that ran May 7th,... more »

A chat on the wines of Hvar, Croatia, Mar 14 7PM CET

by  |  12-03-2021

Following up on the just-released Hvar Island Wine Report exploring the state of wine in this corner of Dalmatia, I've invited the president of the Hvar Wine Association Ivana Krstulović-Carić for an online chat this... more » Following up on the just-released Hvar Island Wine Report exploring the state... more »
Photo of Hvar Town, by Elia Varela

The state of wine on Hvar Island, Croatia 2021

by  |  10-03-2021

Please see the accompanying Tasting Report for these wines of Hvar that’s been released together with this region report. If you’ve not been, Hvar is an achingly beautiful island in Croatia that’s not an exaggeration... more » Please see the accompanying Tasting Report for these wines of Hvar that’s... more »

A bunch of cool Croatian grapes for the summer

by  |  03-08-2020

Yet another hot summer arrived in Croatia, but it certainly feels a bit different this year. There are far less tourists, which is actually not that bad as you don’t have to elbow your way... more » Yet another hot summer arrived in Croatia, but it certainly feels a... more »

Croatian wine’s other side: Josić Graševina Superior 2017

by  |  26-09-2018

Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel the coastal wines of Croatia need far less introduction at this point than they did 15 years ago. A warm, Mediterranean/Adriatic climate makes for easily-approachable, open wines with a... more » Maybe I’m wrong, but I feel the coastal wines of Croatia need... more »

Pure Plavac Mali

by  |  01-01-2018

When I wrote about the passing of Zlatan Plenković last year, I made mention that his wines and in reality, a wine of Plavac Mali were largely responsible for moving me into a broader appreciation... more » When I wrote about the passing of Zlatan Plenković last year, I... more »

Bibich – Bas de Bas 2013

by  |  25-11-2017

When in Split, Croatia in 2015 to do a presentation at Dalmacija Expo, I spent a few rewarding nights bopping around the city–something I’ve rarely done in lieu of mainly hanging out in the now... more » When in Split, Croatia in 2015 to do a presentation at Dalmacija... more »

Krajančić – Intrada 2016

by  |  07-10-2017

The Dalmatian grape, Pošip can most certainly be boring, banal, and limp. If overproduced and fermented in large, not perfectly-controlled volumes it dies a mournful death aromatically. But, like so many grapes, when a simple... more » The Dalmatian grape, Pošip can most certainly be boring, banal, and limp.... more »

Kiridžija – Dingač 2013

by  |  01-08-2017

I have more than a soft spot when it comes to the wines of Vedran Kiridžija. It was exactly a decade ago that I visited him for the first time when researching the Dalmatia book... more » I have more than a soft spot when it comes to the... more »

The continuing potential of Croatian wine

by  |  07-05-2017

In regards to tourism, Croatia is now a destination in its own right and has long shed the infamous, “The Next” descriptor which has seemingly been passed on to Albania, now “The Next Croatia”. In... more » In regards to tourism, Croatia is now a destination in its own... more »