It’s harvest time!

September is harvest season on Hvar! You can smell it in the air, you can hear the clatter of the processing equipment, and everyone, it seems, is up early and picking grapes. It’s known here as “jematva”, elsewhere in Croatia as “berba”. Once the summer tourist season ends, everyone turns into a winemaker!

Foreigners in Dalmatia – at the Dalmacija Wine Expo 2015

Furešti u Dalmaciji – Foreigners in Dalmatia – was a wonderful wine-tasting seminar given by the Taste of Croatia team – Goran Zgrablić, Morena Zibar and Lada Radin, with a special guest appearance by Miquel Hudin. The foreigners, of course, refer to grape varietals that are recent incomers to the region – chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon,…

Saša Špiranec guides us through a tasting of the 2011 harvest

Learning about the best Plavac Mali wines – where do they come from?

Plavac Mali is a relative of Zinfandel in California, and Primitivo in Italy, so we’re generally comfortable that we know what a glass of Plavac will taste like. However, growing this Dalmatian native in its own, frankly marginal terrain can give very different results depending on the the soil, environment, heat, sea, rocks, etc, etc. We recently attended a guided tasting by Croatian wine authority, Saša Spiranec of some of the best Plavac wines from the prestigious locations throughout Dalmatia, to assess the quality, style and aging potential.