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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 » Please see the accompanying Tasting Report for these wines of Hvar that’s... 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 » Yet another hot summer arrived in Croatia, but it certainly feels 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 » When I wrote about the passing of Zlatan Plenković last year, I... more »

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 » When in Split, Croatia in 2015 to do a presentation at Dalmacija... more »

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 » The Dalmatian grape, Pošip can most certainly be boring, banal, and limp.... more »

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 » I have more than a soft spot when it comes to the... 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 »
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 »

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 »