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Vinistra 2014 a Celebration of Istrian Wine

Thursday, 26 June 2014 12:57:03 Europe/London

The approach to Vinistra 2014 with flags flying.Vinistra 2014 ( 21st annual event)  at Poreč’s sports hall Žatika 9 to 11 May 2014.
Wine production equipment manufacturers display their products along the approach to the venue.

Vinistra a world class wine festival

For the past 21 years, within the first two weeks of May, the Vinistra wine festival takes place in the historic coastal town of Poreč, of the Istrian peninsular. Vinistra is a focal point on the Istrian wine producer and consumer calendar and a must attend event. It presents an opportunity for local wine producers to enter their best vintages into the VInistra wine competition and for trade customers and wine loving consumers to meet up directly with the wine makers and taste their creations.

The results for Vinistra 2014 were published, as always, in advance of the event which was held at Poreč’s huge Basketball Sports Centre Žatika over the weekend of 9 to 11 May 2014. The venue is perfect, with a vast open space sports hall with exhibition stands from all the famous Istrian wine producers and many others that aspire to join them.

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Pino Rossi an artisan winery in Bajkini, Istria

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 15:23:48 Europe/London

PinoPino Rossi a micro commercial winery in Bajkini, Istria, Croatia

Bajkini, Vižinada the heart of Istrian wine country

 One of the smallest commercial wine producers in Istria Croatia is Pino Rossi, with a micro winery little bigger than a family home, in the tiny hamlet of Bajkini, which is at the top of the south side of the beautiful Mirna Valley - just outside the small town of Vižinada, about 17km inland from the historic costal tourist destination of Poreč. This is the heart of the famous Istrian wine country of Croatia, which is predominantly defined by the bright, rust red coloured terra rossa soil that gives the wines from the area a distinctive vibrancy and minerality.

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 Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith of Three Wine Men 2013Left to Right: Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin and Olly Smith of the The Wine Men 2014

It would be great to meet you and taste Croatian wine together

The Three Wine Men want to get everyone in the country tasting, experiencing and enjoying new wines and discovering different foods.

Their events bring together wine and food retailers and producers to show you just how much fun your taste buds can have in a day. WHEN YOU ARRIVE, GRAB A GLASS, A LIST OF THE WINES AND FOOD AND GET TASTING it’s as simple as that!

 You can buy wines on the day too – just ask one of the Men for help and they’ll introduce you to wines they think you’ll like - Croatian Fine Wines!

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 Left to Right: Jasper Jacob, Sharon Waddell, Charlotte Callaghan, Tony Hodges on 3 August 2012, London Olympics 2012 at Croatia House Vina Croatia event.

It was with great sadness that we at Croatian Fine Wines heard of the passing away of Tony Hodges, Chairman of Brand Story (UK) on the evening of Monday 10 February 2014.

Tony has been making a behind the scenes but visible impact on the Croatian wine market over the past years by working closely with the Croatian Chamber of Economy in developing the Croatian wine brand.  Some of his obvious creative inputs were:

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Croatian Fine Wines add wines from Dalmatia and the Slavonia and Danube Wine Regions to its import wine list

Croatian Fine Wines Limited has one of the largest stocks of Croatian wines in the UK with a listing of 26 different wines from across three wine regions: ‘Istria and Kvarner’, and now ‘Dalmatia’ and ‘Slavonia and Danube’.

Mark Roberts, Managing Director, purchased the company in October 2013 and expanded the wine list of Franc Arman, Kabola and Pilato to include:

Istria and Kvarner

  • Kabola Malvazija Istarska Amfora 2009 (EKO Organic), a unique natural wine that has had 7 months maceration on the skins in large amphora vessels, buried just outside of the winery, and then followed by maturation in large Slavonian oak barrels and bottle aging for 6 to 12 months to create a really special wine.
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Good News:- Croatian Fine Wines Limited has a New Owner

Monday, 2 December 2013 14:36:46 Europe/London

From left to right: Mandy Roberts, Mark Roberts (Managing Director), Martina Markežić (Kabola), James B Waddell, Sharon Waddell, at Vina Croatia London 17 October 2013

From left to right: Mandy Roberts, Mark Roberts (Managing Director), Martina Markežić (Kabola), James B Waddell, Sharon Waddell, at Vina Croatia London 17 October 2013 shortly after the transfer of ownership of Croatian Fine Wines Limited.

Croatian Fine Wines sold on 17 October 2013 at Vina Croatia 2013 London

On 17 October 2013, Croatian Fine Wines Limited was sold to entrepreneur Mark Roberts FCCA.

Mark and his wife Mandy will be taking over the business, having had their 'Croatian wine epiphany' on a recent holiday in Dalmatia, when they tasted Croatian wines for the first time – the wines were from Istria!

When they came back from Croatia, they wanted to buy Croatian fine wines so much they bought the company!

James B Waddell the former Managing Director of Croatian Fine Wines Limited, will be providing part-time independent consultancy support to Mark for the first year to complete the handover of the business.

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From Dalmatia with love... recipes

Monday, 1 July 2013 16:54:41 Europe/London

Flora Turner-Vucetic with publishes at launch event ofThe Sweet Taste of a Dalmatian Love Affair

Flora Turner-Vučetić with Dr David Davison and Dr Rajka Makjanic who are the owners of the academic publishing house Archaeopress in Oxford .

In the background some enlarged images from the book and a silk embroidery and painting that my grandmother made and used for the book cover. 

The taste of love at Keats House

Keats House in London was the venue on 21 June 2013 for the launch event of Flora Turner-Vučetić latest book ‘The Sweet Taste of a Dalmatian Love Affair’, containing Dalmatian family recipes laced with a love story set in the early 1900’s between her grandmother and grandfather.

The book is published as part of the ‘Welcome Croatia Festival’, which is celebrating Croatia’s EU membership, which starts on the 1st of July 2013.

Flora treated guests at her launch party to homemade baked savoury and sweet nibbles form the recipes in the book  This included the special Croatian black pepper and honey cookies ‘paprenjaci’ with appropriate decorations and a glass of Kabola Malvazija Istarska 2011 Vrhunsko.

Film critic and wine connoisseur Philip B. was delighted with his favourite Istrian wine pleasantly chilled and served with Dalmatian sweets.

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Book Launch: Dalmatian Recipes with the Ingredient of Love

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:33:00 Europe/London

The book cover for The Sweet Taste of a Dalmatian Love Affair

 Order now ''The Sweet Taste of a Dalmatian Love Affair"  for £16.50.
Contains 63 original Dalmatian recipes.

Flora has the right Dalmatian recipes for Croatia’s EU membership 

A new cookbook is being published in the UK to coincide with Croatia joining the EU. The Sweet Taste of a Dalmatian Love Affair, Croatian Family Recipes, is a collection of recipes from the handwritten cookbook of Flora Boglić¸ a Croatian girl living in Dalmatia in the early 20th century. 

The book’s author Flora Turner-Vučetić is her granddaughter and the former Cultural Counselor at the Croatian Embassy in London. The book will be published as part of the Welcome Croatia Festival, which is celebrating Croatia’s EU membership, which starts on the 1st of July 2013

'The way to a man's heart is...'

The inspiration for the book is the original hand written cookbook of grandmother Flora and the love letters that her future husband Viktor wrote to her between 1903 and 1909. He wrote these letters as part of their long courtship and often in thanks of the food, which Flora had sent to him. Viktor’s grateful appreciation of the offerings sent to him reflects the love with which they were prepared. 

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Phyllis Court Club Wine Circle Croatian Dinner 8 May 2013

Saturday, 11 May 2013 12:34:46 Europe/London

Two bottles of Kabola Re sparkling wine being poured

Kabola Re sparkling Croatian wine, made by the traditional method made with a blend of Malvazija Istarska, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Croatian Fines Wines from Kabola and Franc Arman selected for Croatian Dinner at Phyllis Court

Towards the end of 2012, Croatian Fine Wines Limited was invited by Mr Cliff Blakeway, Chairman of the Phyllis Court Wine Circle, to present a sample wine tasting of Croatian wines at Phyllis Court.

Shortly afterwards, the Wine Circle committee agreed that they would like wines from Kabola and Franc Arman from the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, which is near northern Italy, and a presentation on Croatian wines for their Croatian Dinner on Wednesday 8 May 2013.

After careful consideration by the Wine Circle committee and discussions with the Head Chef John Arkle the Croatian wines and the menu was decided upon:

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Kabola, Franc Arman and Pilato takeaway medals at Vinistra 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013 22:31:10 Europe/London

Vinistra 2013 Results

The Vinistra wine festival and competition, is held in the Roman costal town of Poreč in Istria within the first two weeks of May each year.  The Vinistra 2013 wine competition results makes interesting reading as local producers vie for national recognition for their wines.

Kabola Vinistra 2013 Wine Awards

Kabola claimed an impressive cluster of medals for their wines this year:

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