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Friday, April 5, 2013

VINA CROATIA Wine Tasting

reporter: Miguel Dominguez


At the Astor Center on January 7, Vina Croatia, had its second annual presentation to members of the wine trade and press of over 100 Croatian wines available for tasting, some of which have never been sold in the US, .


From lesser known native grapes such as Plavac Mali, Pošip and Malvasia to the international varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, a new generation of Croatian winemakers—with an awareness towards tradition and a taste for modern appeal—are creating wines of great quality with their own character.


With wine making dating back over 2,500 years, Croatia is one of the most ancient wine producing regions in the world, with 66 designated appellations currently. Croatia's winemakers use to their advantage Croatia’s numerous microclimates and topography to produce wines from over 50 grape varieties. In the past decade its wines have greatly improved in quality and are gaining an ever growing international recognition and many awards.




 












All the wines at the tasting were pre-selected by the Croatian wine writer and expert Saša Špiranec to represent the best examples of Croatian wine production. There was a number of wineries attending looking to export to the US for the first time.






























As a palate cleanser, different types of breads were available
for dipping in several brands of Croatian olive oil


List of participating wineries:

BADEL 1862 – Blue Danube (Daruvar Winery)
ZLATAN OTOK – Vinum USA
PZ GOSPOJA – Blue Danube
SIPUN – Blue Danube
KOZLOVIC – Vinum USA
BIBICH – Blue Danube
MENEGHETTI – Vinum USA
KORTA KATARINA – Katharine’s Garden
KUTJEVO – Grand Prix Beverage LLC


Besides the  winerieslisted above, the following were wineries looking for representation at the time of the tasting:




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