Stipe Nobilo labels

Korčula wines at Vinocom 2016 in Zagreb

Vinocom is a great place to explore Croatian wines, comparing the different varietals and styles of the winemakers. Unusually for Dalmatia, the island of Korčula is better known for its white wines, not red. Pošip, Grk, Cetinka and Rukatac are grapes native to the island, producing excellent wines with a very local character. We really…

Zagreb International Festival of Wine and Culinart Art

Hvar winemakers at Vinocom 2016, Zagreb

Delighted to see so many of Hvar’s winemakers at the 11th annual Vino.com, Zagreb’s premier wine expo, held Nov 25-26 in the Hotel Esplanade. Despite the rival attractions of the Davis Cup tournament also in town, and the opening of the Christmas Advent celebrations, Vino.com was extremely popular. It was packed out on Saturday afternoon, by…

Two-tailed pasha underside

Hvar’s wildlife: butterflies

Butterflies always seem so fragile, so transient. So it came as quite the surprise when I read that (a) there are butterfly fossils dating back around 56 million years, and (b) the Painted Lady appears to hold the record for the longest return migration, from Africa to the Arctic circle and back! This photograph was…

Tasting the new wines at the Carić konoba in Vrboska

The new Carić winery tasting room is very handy for us – just a short walk across the bridge in the heart of Vrboska! We’re turning into regulars here, and it’s been great watching a run-down old building evolving into an attractive, traditionally-styled konoba tasting-room. Owners Ivo and Ivana Carić have put in many hours…