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Croatian Wines

A Poletti taste of Istria

by  |  04-04-2017

While at the Grand Tasting in February, in one of the masterclasses, I had the chance to taste the wines of Poletti, a Croatian winery located in Central Istria. Making wine for some six generations,... more » While at the Grand Tasting in February, in one of the masterclasses,... more »
"čuveno vino" very modestly, the "famous wine"

50 years of the Postup appellation

by  |  22-03-2017

When it comes to the “Grand Crus” of Croatia, if people know one, it would be Dingač, although I’m sure even that’s a stretch. There’s nothing shameful in this as Croatia hasn’t done much to... more » When it comes to the “Grand Crus” of Croatia, if people know... more »

Talking about Croatia

by  |  15-07-2016

When living in Spain, it’s difficult to keep up with writing about Croatia, which was actually one of the first regions in Europe that I wrote about and traveled through extensively for the Dalmatia wine... more » When living in Spain, it’s difficult to keep up with writing about... more »

In The Glass – Šember – Rajnski Rizling 2011

by  |  29-05-2016

Croatian wine regions don’t roll easily off the tongue and thus Šember from Plešivica might be tough for the Anglophone mouth to get wrapped around. This is a shame as their winery offers up some... more » Croatian wine regions don’t roll easily off the tongue and thus Šember... more »
Zlatan in his winery, courtesy of Zlatan Otok

RIP Zlatan Plenković

by  |  19-03-2016

Last Thursday, March 17th, while many were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a legend of Croatian wine, Zlatan Plenković died while on a ferry traveling from Split to the island of Hvar. It’s a tragic loss... more » Last Thursday, March 17th, while many were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, a... more »

Plešivica: Croatia’s unsung wine hero

by  |  10-03-2016

It may be the smallest wine region in Croatia, but in many ways it’s the most ground-breaking and compelling. Plešivica is a green, hilly region some 30km southwest from Zagreb. It’s often overlooked when compared... more » It may be the smallest wine region in Croatia, but in many... more »

The rest of 2016

by  |  05-01-2016

Continued from yesterday, a few more observations about what’s to come in 2016 in general and outside of Catalonia. Southern France I just received an email from Michel Blanc in Châteauneuf going on at length... more » Continued from yesterday, a few more observations about what’s to come in... more »

The Lasina of Bibich & Sladić

by  |  11-11-2015

Hop around the Balkans for even a short time and you get to make friends with a lot of new grapes. While those in the know have possibly heard of Plavac Mali or that Zinfandel... more » Hop around the Balkans for even a short time and you get... more »

The State of Dalmatian Wines 2015

by  |  13-06-2015

The wines of Dalmatia, Croatia are not terribly well-known and until I wrote a book about them in 2007, I didn’t fully have a grasp of them either despite first tasting them back in 2004.... more » The wines of Dalmatia, Croatia are not terribly well-known and until I... more »

The Paradox of wine in Split, Croatia

by  |  18-05-2015

In Spain, many wine bars have sprung up in recent years as many people looked at their glass of 3€ a bottle Rioja that they’re drinking in say, Barcelona and asked, “Why am I drinking... more » In Spain, many wine bars have sprung up in recent years as... more »