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Trendsetter: Jo Ahearne MW, Winemaker

Jo Ahearne

Reading Time: Jo Ahearne is an academically trained winemaker and a Master of Wine. She is currently producing Croatian wine under her own label on the island of Hvar in Southern Dalmatia. We first met her during our three-month stay in Croatia in 2016. In this interview, she shed some light on various aspects of…

How Do Top Croatian Wines Fare Against Italian Wines?

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Reading Time: In 2016, we spent three months in Croatia; and we’ll be returning to the country again in 2017 for a few more months to finish up the research and writing for our latest wine book entitled Cracking Croatia. During our stay, we wanted to organize a special tasting session for our Croatian friends,…

Best of Vinart Grand Tasting 2017: Part 1

Vinart Grand Tasting Workshop

Reading Time: The second annual Vinart Grand Tasting wine event was held at Lauba, a private-owned contemporary art gallery in Zagreb, at the end of February 2017. The event is the brainchild of renowned Croatian wine writer, Saša Špiranec. During the two weeks prior to the two-day public event, there was a series of masterclasses…

Tomac Winery: Leading the Charge in Croatia

tomac winery sparkling wine

Reading Time: The Tomac winery and its seven-hectare vineyard plot are located in the small wine-growing region of Plešivica, a 30-minute drive southwest of Zagreb. It is often referred to as one of the—if not the most—refined sparkling wine producers in Croatia. The Tomac family has been making wine for over 200 years. Today, Tomislav Tomac,…

Zagreb VINOcom: Gems from Croatia’s Largest Wine Show

Reading Time: Six months after our first trip through Croatia, we found ourselves back in the country. This time we attended the Zagreb VINOcom, the largest Croatian wine show. Over 200 Croatian wine producers were present, along with many culinary stalls featuring cured meats, smoked fish, and other local food specialties. The show is held…

Vinodonia Skopje Wine Salon Impressions

Vinodonia Skopje Wine Salon

Reading Time: After a whirlwind, two-month period launching our book Uncorking the Caucasus in Georgia and Armenia, we decided it was time to leave the region. Winter was starting in Tbilisi and the cold weather came quickly, so we jumped on a plane and headed to the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), or Macedonia for…

Can You Tell a Burgundy from a Croatian Pinot Noir?

croatian wine pinot noir

Reading Time: Croatia has a long history of wine production and is currently producing over 100 million liters every year. The Croatians are among the leading consumers of wine, drinking on average 44.2-litre of wine per person annually.   Croatian Pinot Noir In Croatia, varietal wines made from Pinot Noir are labeled as “Pinot Crni”. Crni…

Understanding Croatian Wine with Cliff Rames

Photo by Wines of Croatia  Reading Time: Based in New York City, Cliff Rames is a freelance writer and sommelier. We first heard about him when we watched an episode of Wine Library TV many years ago. Between 2016-2017, we spent eight months traveling through Croatia and tasted thousands of wines in preparation for our…

The Original Zinfandel from Croatia

zlatan otok croatian wine travel wine tourism hvar dalmatia

Reading Time: According to research, Zinfandel is originally from Croatia and it is known locally as Crljenak Kaštelanski. Some people in the USA may be familiar with Zlatan Otok as about five years ago, Gary Vaynerchuk tasted a Zlatan Otok Plavac Mali Barrique on his show and went bananas over it. He scored it 93+ points. Based on the current portfolio…

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