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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Croatia Hailed As Major Force In Wine After Winning Clutch Of Awards






Croatia has been hailed as a major force in the wine world after the country won more gold medals than established rivals including the US, New Zealand and Portugal at a leading tasting competition.






Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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www.winenews.com

www.croatia-wine.ingo

www.decanter.com




By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor
Published: 1:33PM BST 14 Aug 2009


Eight Croatian wines were awarded the plaudits at the Decanter World Wine Awards, trumping the achievement of many far larger, better-known producers.

The number of gold medals is a particularly impressive achievement for a country which saw many of its leading vineyards destroyed in the Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990s.

The judges were impressed by the strong, tannic red wines that are produced on the Adriatic coast, which has a similar climate to the South of France. But the real stars were sweet, white wines, which won the bulk of the medals.

Angela Muir, in charge of judging the country's wines for the awards, said: "Croatia really was the discovery of this year – some great white wines, both dry and dessert, with bags of character and a whole bouquet of varieties and styles."








One of the gold-winning white wines was the Bodren Pinot Sivi, costing about £35 a bottle, and was described by the judges in their tasting notes thus: "Toffee apple, clove, smoke with a silky sugared texture and persistent lingering finish."





Just thought I'd throw in this pic of a popular wine here in Cow Town. I haven't had a chance yet though to check out some reviews or whether it's available in red and white. 





Mrs Muir described the sweet whites as "exclusive, expensive, high-end and they are no question up with the great Sauternes."

The white wines, including the dessert wines, are made from Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Traminer grapes as well as the local Graševina variety, similar to Italian Riesling.

Adam Lechemere, editor of Decanter.com, said: "This really puts Croatia on the map. They are reasserting their mastery of dessert wines. And if you are a fan of sweet white wines, you would be a fool to miss them.

"Croatia really can now take its place as a serious player in the wine world."








Though Croatia's eight gold medals beat Chile's four and Argentina's seven, fans of unusual wines will have to make a serious effort to track them down in Britain.

While supermarket wine buyers have become increasingly adventurous in recent years, stocking more English wines, Austrian fizz and unusual sherries – another big winner in the Decanter awards – no mainstream retailers sells Croatian wine in Britain. Shoppers will need to find a specialist importer or join the increasing number of holidaymakers that have discovered Croatia and its wines in recent years.

Croatia boasts that its wine making industry is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to possibly the bronze age and certainly the Greek era.





Croatia won 8 gold medals in the Decanter World Wine Awards.





Milijenko Grigich, a Croatian who has become one of the most successful Californian winemakers, has argued that the Plavac Mali – one of Croatia's main red grapes – is in fact the original variety from which Zinfandel, or the Italian Primitivo grape, is derived.

Malcolm Gluck, the author of the Superplonk guide to wines, said: "The Balkan region is hugely interesting. They enjoy much the same climate as Italy and southern France so there is no reason why they can't produce just as good as wine as these areas."







I also thought I'd throw in these 2 short vids. The person tasting the wine is Gary Vaynerchuk who has his own show in the U.S. where he rates wines from around the world. In the first vid I just found his reaction to the last Croatian wine he tried to be kind of funny. 
 


Tasting Wines From Croatia – Episode #798






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