In a week, I’ll be touching down at Pleso International in Zagreb to dig in to three days of Croatian wines *. While I’m not a huge fan of queuing up to tables and rushing through piles of winemakers (a single bottle of wine should be enjoyed over an evening after all) it’s a great opportunity to see the new wines that have popped onto the scene since my last visit.
The steadily pounding waves of winery modernization have completely swept over all of Croatia at this point and it will be interesting to see if they’ve become more uniform or still maintain their unique character, especially in the case of the Dingač wineries. Also, just getting to hang out with winemaker friends like Alen Bibich is always an opportunity I’ll take.
I’m really hoping that there will be at least some Bosnia Herzegovina wineries in attendance. Many of them make splendid wines, they rarely get much press, and are quite difficult to taste short of going there. Sadly, this trip won’t allow a hop down to Herzegovina. There are cousins to see in Slovenia and new wines to try there as well.
More than anything, I’m just happy to heading the Zagreb again. It’s been some time since I’ve seen my family and friends there and it was of great relief when I found out that they’d moved this festival from February to April. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, Europe, even Southern Europe is not terribly pleasant in February. This year was particularly harsh with snow in places that rarely saw it, like Split. April is most assuredly not July, but at the same time, you generally have a little rain and then some sun which is decently warm.
Undoubtedly there will be plenty of roštilj and sitting out on Tkalčićeva taking in an Ožujsko or three after a hard day of drinking wine.
* Note that I also visited in 2013 as well but the vibe was very different and the event ceased from that point onwards.