A Poletti taste of Istria04-04-2017

While at the Grand Tasting in February, in one of the masterclasses, I had the chance to taste the wines of Poletti, a Croatian winery located in Central Istria. Making wine for some six generations,... more>

How to taste Teran22-08-2014

I want to love Teran, really I do, but I don’t even know what to call it at this point. The wines bearing this name had been made in Istria, Croatia for some time, but... more>

Tasting and visiting Clai05-11-2013

A little while back, we had the chance to traipse around Istria and catch up on many of the wineries that we either weren’t able to see or simply didn’t exist during our last visit... more>

Vinistra 201311-07-2013

In May, we attended Vinistra. This was their 20th edition of the fair, but this isn’t just an organization that puts on a fair each year to show the regional products of the Istrian Peninsula.... more>

In The Glass: Trapan Che non Che 201106-05-2013

On the first night of arrival at this year’s Zagreb Wine Gourmet Festival, I shared Catalan and Istrian bottles with Goran and Alen from Taste of Croatia at the Hole in One Pub in the... more>

Checking IQ16-09-2012

In a previous article about Croatian wines needing a DO, while alluding to it in a comment, I had left out mention of the Vinistra IQ that was set up several years ago. It’s something... more>

Meet the Grimaldas06-08-2012

For some time, I’ve known the Matošević wines. A well known name up in Istria and generally an easier Croatia wine to find abroad, they’ve been producing what I consider to be solid and delicious... more>

In The Glass: Trapan Nigra Virgo 201002-07-2012

This bottle was one of the wines that I picked up from Bruno Trapan of the his eponymous Trapan Winery when in the Zagreb Wine Gourmet event in April. Naturally, tasting notes have been delayed... more>

Croatian wine tasting at the Barrel Room23-08-2011

Last night we had the pleasure to attend a nice overview of Croatian wines at newly-opened the Barrel Room (more) in San Francisco. We were mainly along for the ride given that we focus on... more>

The non-truffle Žigante01-11-2010

This is an article from our archives that was previously run on another site in August, 2007. When visiting Istria, the most common encounter with the name “Žigante” is in the form of truffles. This... more>