Tasting and visiting Clai

by  |  05-11-2013

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 several years ago. It was remarkable to see what a changes had happened in these few years. The wines, despite the horrid 2010 harvest, have stabilized so well as to create a wonderful definition as to “what” an Istrian wine is. Of course in the middle of all the internationalization you find Giorgio Clai threatening to throw a monkey wrench in to the entire process with his stridently natural approach to winemaking. Set up in Northern Istria (which is what people see as the oh-so Tuscan-esque part) on the ridge that the village of Krasica straddles are Clai’s vineyards. In the distance the waters of Adriatic shimmer and in the foreground, a grinning Giorgio emerges […]
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