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The wines of Hvar, Croatia 2023

by  |  01-12-2022

Please see the accompanying Tasting Report for these wines of Hvar that’s been released together with this region report. The Croatian island of Hvar was more or less how I remembered it. This despite the... 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 »
Photo of Hvar Town, by Elia Varela

The wines 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 »

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 »

In The Glass: 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 »

In The Glass: 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 »

In The Glass: 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 »

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 »