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Geržinić

Istria
Last impressions The master of reds aged in steel
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Marko Geržinić, a young and gifted Istrian winemaker, is gaining increasing attention with his red wines aged exclusively in stainless steel. Our favorites are Geržinić Teran 2008 and Geržinić Syrah 2009. The first has the typical Teran aroma of violets and raspberries, great acidic backbone, minerality is felt already in the nose, powerful in the mouth. Syrah is more enjoyable for general public, simple and jovial, more floral than fruity. In the summer, when the temperatures rise above 30 °C, enjoy these reds slightly chilled (13-14 °C) with grilled meat or oily fish (sardines, tuna, mackerel) from the wood-fired barbecue. Don’t miss his whites, Istrian Malvasia and Chardonnay, marked with pronounced minerality which pairs greatly with all the seafood you can imagine. His half-dry Muscat will play well both as an aperitif or an after-dinner drink. Tip: before you taste his wines, try Marko’s excellent extra virgin olive oil, which has been winning awards in the last few years. You’ll be able to drink more and stay sober. No need to worry about police patrols on the way back home :)
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Terzolo

Istria
Last impressions Exotic Malvasia with a Far East...
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Young winemaker Roberto Tercolo from Nova Vas near Poreč produces Istrian Malvasia in a funky style which especially young folks will adore. Perfect for people who are just starting to appreciate wine. Full of aromas of exotic fruits and white flowers, with fruity flavors of peach, green apple, pineapple and grapefruit. Excellent with fragrant Asian food, and in general with dishes with a lot of aromatic herbs. Also try his Merlot, more herbal than fruity, with a nice extract, rich in soft tannins that will caress your mouth. Perfect with some meat or fish stew with polenta, both very common dishes in Istria.
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Grbac

Istria
Last impressions Sexy bubbles and vertiginous roads
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Nowhere else in Istria is it possible to find a better terroir for producing these precious bubbles than in the area around Vrh. Why? Here grapes are grown on the steep slopes north of Butoniga Lake where plenty of sun, warm days and chilly nights and white clay/limestone soil are responsible for outstanding aromatics and minerality. Made by old-school winemaker Anton Grbac in a traditional way that is a variant of the classical (champenoise) method. There is a white sparkling wine made from Istrian Malvasia and a rose one made from Teran. Anton's bubbles en rose is surely the sexiest wine in Istria! Try it with strawberries (when they are in season) with the right person :) and you'll be in paradise. Really sexy stuff but the production is so low you have to come to Vrh to taste it. Caution! To arrive in Vrh you need to take a vertiginous road that can be very scary for inexperienced (or slightly stoned) driver. Stunning view of Motovun and Butoniga lake.
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Crvik

Dalmatia Dubrovnik
Last impressions Renaissance of Dubrovačka Malvasia
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Crvik winery is family owned, settled in Konavle plateau, just few kilometers south of Dubrovnik. Their main wine is made from Malvasia Dubrovačka, old grape variety that unites Mediterranean - it can also be found on Aeolian Islands (Malvasia di Lipari) and Sitges in Catalonia (Malvasia de Sitges). We tasted 2009 Crvik "Marin Držić" made from Malvasia Dubrovačka. Mature yellow fruits, green grass, peppermint in the nose, very fresh, warm and with nice oily texture under the tongue, closes elegantly due to tasty minerals, no bitterness at all. We tried to convince Petar Crvik (on the pic), an enthusiastic and young winemaker, to produce also a sweet kind of Malvasia made from dried grapes (vino passito). We expect a lot from the young Petar Crvik, the winery successor.
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Mihalj

Slavonia&Baranja
Last impressions Graševina for true wine lovers
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Kutjevo is famous for its long wine making tradition and excellent white wines. Recently a new generation hit the scene, small family producers with individual approach. One name stands out - Mihalj. Father and son duo has been sweeping awards for their Graševina 2008, but watch out for their other wines too. Their cellar is still quite lo-fi compared to some bigger names, but their enthusiasm, friendliness and kindness will charm you.
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Misal

Istria
Last impressions Synonym for Sparkling Wines in ...
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Oduševljava me činjenica da se na hrvatskoj pjenušavoj sceni pojavljuje sve više proizvođača koji rade odlične pjenušce, ali Misal zauzima posebno mjesto među svim mjehurićima. Sestre Peršurić ozbiljno shvaćaju posao, svaki korak u procesu proizvodnje pomno prate i nadziru (dapače, vidjeli smo bilježnicu u kojoj bilježe sve, al doslovce sve što se dešava u vinariji). I rezultat su predivni pjenušci od kojih moram izdvojiti meni najdraži Blanc de Blancs, sa čarobnim perlama, elegantnim i osebujnim okusom, a nakon njega definitvno Istra, pjenušac proizveden od tri različita godišta malvazije, totalno drugačiji od svih Misalovih pjenušaca.