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A Mediterranean exchange, Priorat on Hvar

by  |  04-11-2022

“Well, we like our wines strong here.” It was a statement that I was to hear in various forms during a recent trip to the island of Hvar on the coast of Croatia. In this... more »

A taste of 2021 Pošip from Korčula, Croatia

by  |  08-08-2022

There’s little debate about the fact that one of my most favorite white grape varieties from Croatia is Pošip. Please immediately make note that this is not a synonym for the Hungarian grape, Furmint. That’s... more »

A new taste of the island wines from Vis, Croatia

by  |  26-07-2022

Croatia puts a lot of marketing bucks into backing its claim of having “over 1,000 islands”. In truth, there are actually 1,244 by their count but of those, it’s really only 80 or so that... more »

Checking in on Vina Carić

by  |  24-02-2022

While I live by the Mediterranean, the Adriatic is something different and with its own unique charm. Like many things on the lengthy “Was Gonna Do” List of 2020, I was going to be visiting... more »

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 »

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 »
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 »

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 »

Croatia’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 »

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 »