Croatian Wines
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Talking about Pinot at Modri les Noirs 2023

by  |  08-11-2023

Dominatrix or master, whatever you want to call the relationship, when it comes to Pinot Noir, it's very one-sided as this finicky grape variety owns the winemaker--he or she never, ever owns it. While there... more »

Peralada and its century of wine

by  |  25-10-2023

While an exceedingly-historic winegrowing region with some 2,600 years of history, the modern DO Empordà came into existence in 1975 when beach tourism was reaching massive heights in the area from its beginnings back in... more »

Recaredo’s celebration of Turó d’en Mota’s 25 harvests

by  |  16-10-2023

When a top sparkling wine producer the likes of, Recaredo asks if you can attend a respective tasting of their top-end, single-vineyard, Turó d’en Mota wine, you say yes without hesitation. If it so happens... more »

Another harvest & Festa del Vi i la Verema a l’Antiga Poboleda

by  |  29-09-2023

As the harvest of another year in Priorat has drawn to a close (some would say, “finally“), it’s worth looking at a fine regional festival that has traditionally marked the start of the harvest. This... more »

And pop goes the Priorat

by  |  08-09-2023

The evening of the 19th of August was a Saturday and wasn’t cool by any means. The summer heat still crinkled and surrounded with an unpleasant touch on the skin. Even with the sun having... more »

A tasting of top Slovenian wines

by  |  19-07-2023

When I should have been celebrating the “independence” of my fellow Americans this past 4th of July, I was instead in Ljubljana, Slovenia celebrating good wines. This was part of a trip to visit, Štajerska... more »

Tast del Decenni 2023: The DOQ Priorat 2013 vintage

by  |  14-06-2023

So after this forced stretch of time out in the weeds, we’ve now returned to holding the annual Tast del Decenni events for DOQ Priorat. What these are is very simple in concept in that... more »

A taste of Alicante

by  |  15-03-2023

The Salamanca neighborhood of Madrid is one of if not its poshest. Fancy hotels, fancy restaurants, and fancy stores with few products in a large, expensive space dominate the horizon. Indeed there are fancy wine... more »

Looking back, looking forward with Ukraine

by  |  27-02-2023

Whatever Putin may have been planning in order to mark the one-year anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine didn’t come to pass last week despite the rumors. Russia simply continues with more of the... more »

Capçanes & the wines of ‘La Nit de les Garnatxes’

by  |  19-09-2022

In the annual Fira del Vi for the Priorat region, there are really two tasting events that you can’t miss. The only problem is that they happen on the same evening as one another in... more »