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A chat on the wines of Hvar, Croatia, Mar 14 7PM CET

by  |  12-03-2021

Following up on the just-released Hvar Island Wine Report exploring the state of wine in this corner of Dalmatia, I've invited the president of the Hvar Wine Association Ivana Krstulović-Carić for an online chat this... more » Following up on the just-released Hvar Island Wine Report exploring the state... more »
Photo of Hvar Town, by Elia Varela

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 »

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 »

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 »

Violić – Dingač 2015

by  |  21-04-2017

I had the chance to sample this Pelješac wine from Violić recently which was quite interesting as it tastes more of the recent movement by some makers in the generally hearty Dingač region to literally... more » I had the chance to sample this Pelješac wine from Violić recently... 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 »
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 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 »