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Nenad Trifunović: Connecting Taste with Heart

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Reading Time: Nenad Trifunović is the blogger behind vinopija.com, a leading Croatian wine blog. In the winter of 2016, Nenad was introduced to us as “the blogger guy”. Right after meeting him, we proceeded to a tasting of Georgian qvevri wine. That was when we quickly noticed Nenad’s fiercely independent and sharp palate. He is also assiduously…

Croatia’s Wine Tasting Event: Zagreb Bubbles in Pictures

Zagreb Bubbles Croatia’s Wine Tasting Event

Reading Time: In June 2017, the inaugural Zagreb Bubbles festival was held in Croatia’s capital city. The Zagreb Bubbles is the first sparkling wine-themed event in Croatia. Over 100 sparkling wine producers, both domestic and international, participated in the event. The festival kicked off with a few days of peripheral programs and workshops, which led…

Boškinac Wines: Gegić 2016 and OCU 2015

exotic wine travel tasting notes and wine reviews

Reading Time: Hello! Welcome to As Drunk By Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature wines that are worth noting. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or well-known wine regions. We hope that these wine recommendations…

Best of the VinArt Grand Tasting 2017: Part 2

Hungarian Wine Villanyi Franc

Reading Time: This is Part 2 of our report about the workshops at Vinart Grand Tasting; here’s Part 1. If you’d like to learn more about Croatian wine, check out Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor-Friendly Guide.   Tasting with the Godfather of Istria: Clai Winery Clai is perhaps our favorite producer in Croatia. Giorgio Clai and his…

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 namesake winery on the island of Hvar in South Dalmatia. In this interview, she sheds some light on the Croatian wine industry and what it’s like to make wine in Croatia.   JO…

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

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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,…

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