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See You in Serbia #Winelover Trip

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Reading Time: We had a fantastic time at the (Facebook) #winelover’s See You In Serbia trip. Having spent nearly six months in the country, we consider ourselves rather familiar with Serbian wines. Because of that, we oscillated between “Let’s go. I’m excited!” and “Meh. I’m not sure if we will see, taste, or learn anything new.” In…

10 Plavac Mali Wines to Try (Besides Dingač and Postup)

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Reading Time: When it comes to red wine, Croatians are crazy about Plavac Mali. Most tourists in Croatia head for the Dalmatian coast where Plavac Mali is commonly offered as a house pour in local konobas. Plavac Mali wines tend to be high in alcohol and tannin; drinking a shoddily made example is not a pleasant experience….

Trendsetter: Jo Ahearne MW, Winemaker

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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…

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…

Understanding Croatian Wine with Cliff Rames

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

Dušan Jelić: A Perspective on Balkan Wine

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 Reading Time: We first met Dušan Jelić at a Serbian wine expo in Kragujevac, Serbia.  Prior to that, we were already following his website Wines of Balkans for a few years. The information on Wines of Balkans was invaluable as we made our way through the region over three months in the Spring of 2016. Dušan has…

Macedonian Wine Expert, Ivana Simjanovska

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Reading Time: One of the many benefits of traveling for wine is the chance to meet talented, passionate people. Ivana Simjanovska is one of those people that we were lucky to connect with. She is the co-author of two Macedonian wine guidebooks and a judge at various wine competitions in the Balkan region.   Explore…

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