Cracking Croatian Wine in Istria (Part 4/4)

adriatic sea istrian wine

Reading Time: In the Spring of 2018, we set out on a re-tour of Croatia to bring our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor Friendly-Guide to life. There was so much to share about Istria that we ended up shooting four episodes there. In part 1 of Cracking Croatian Wine in Istria, we offer

Cracking Croatian Wine In Istria (Part 1/4)

Cracking Croatian Wine in Istria Motovun Buje

Reading Time: In the Spring of 2018, we set out on a re-tour of Croatia to bring our book Cracking Croatian Wine: A Visitor Friendly-Guide to life. After Plešivica, our second stop was the Istria wine region. There was so much to share about Istria that we ended up shooting four episodes there. In

Revisiting Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Miani Wine Barrel Tasting

Reading Time: We love the wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Earlier in 2017, we did a weeklong tasting trip through the region, visiting some iconic producers. After that trip, we became hooked on these wines. After six weeks touring through the wine regions of Hungary and Slovakia, our friend Vedran drove up

Clai Brombonero & Clai Sv Jakov: Two Iconic Croatian Wines

Clai Winery Cellar

Reading Time: Updated on 27 November 2018: We were invited to the launch of the new vintages of Clai Sv. Jakov Malvazija and Brombonero Refošk. The wines were tasted over dinner at Dubravkin Put in Zagreb, Croatia. Nearly everyone was impressed with the new vintages.   Giorgio Clai has been called the "Godfather

Burja: Slovenian Wines with Character

Slovenian Wine Vineyards

Reading Time: After releasing Cracking Croatian Wine, we decided to make a week-long tasting trip through Goriška Brda, Kras, and Vipava Valley. Our tasting trip through western Slovenia yielded many gems and exceeded our already high expectations. The quality of winemaking is outstanding, and several producers are on par with

In the Red: 10 Istrian Wines to Try

Croatian Wine Istrian Red

Reading Time: Istria is a heart-shaped peninsula located at the top of the Adriatic Sea. It has changed hands many times throughout its history as it moved from being a part of Venetia, to the Austrian Empire, Italy, and Yugoslavia. Today, most of the peninsula is within the borders of

Classic Wines from Borgo del Tiglio and Meroi

Meroi Vineyards Friuli Venezia Giulia

Reading Time: Nice white wines and a few amber wine producers. That was our impression of Friuli-Venezia Giulia before we visited the region. It turns out that both of our initial impressions are correct, but there's more to Friuli than that. It's a dynamic region with so many different styles of

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