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Cracking Croatian Wine

This book makes me want to travel to Croatia & try all the wine

A visitor-friendly guide to Croatia’s wine scene, Cracking Croatian Wine is a a practical wine and travel guide in one. If you plan on visiting Croatia, take this book with you. Even if you’re not a certifiable wine geek, it’s an interesting, informative read. History lessons, local cuisine, travel tips, and important facts, such as how to pronounce Plavac Mali (“Plah-vahts Mah-lee”) a popular and well-known red wine grape.

Crno Vino = Red Wine  

Highly recommend this book!

Try Something Different

Most of us are guilty of trying a few types of wine, finding one we like, and sticking to what we know. We keep going to it like a favorite, worn, comfy t-shirtdrinking it over and over. Wine tastings are a great way to try new wines you normally wouldn’t like. Or, at least you “think” you don’t like until you try something new. I used to make uninformed statements like “I don’t like Chardonnay.”

Bijelo Vino = White Wine

Trying new wines not only opens up our mind, it enhances the olfactory senses and is an opportunity to learn something new. This is especially true with lesser-known grapes and regions. Why not try a local winery for a tasting? Or go on a wine hunt for a Croatian bottle from this book!

“Zinfandel originated in Croatia and goes by its 15th Century name, Tribidrag.” ~Cracking Croatian Wine

Travel Vicariously Through Books & Wine

I have found myself going back to this book as a reference guide. I find it’s more helpful than looking online in many cases. Charine and Matthew’s first-hand experience and expertise in not only wine, but the region and foodie scene, has allowed me to travel vicariously to Croatia (I’ll make it there one day!). 

“For the wines highlighted in this book, besides their sensory merits, they should also inspire conversations, spark curiosity, and reflect an inspiring point of view that challenges the narrative of wine and life… and for the armchair travelers, we hope you enjoy exploring Croatia through the vines with us. ~Charine & Matthew

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I'm a wine enthusiast and former R.D.H. I've been geeking out about wine for 20+ years and have a Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification, so I'm pretty sure that makes me an expert on the subject (no?). Cheers to being happy & healthy (so you can enjoy more wine!)... Follow me on Twitter: Misty@RedWineCats & Instagram too: __MistyC__

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Charine

Thanks for this, Misty.

Here’s the story of PZ Dingač, aka the Donkey wine: https://www.thewineandmore.com/stories/articles/fall-of-the-pz-dingac-sad-story-with-a-bright-side/

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Misty

Thank you, I’ll add this link to my post. Such beautiful old vines, steep vineyards, & that ocean view! Cheers!

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Jeremy Parzen

I love Croatian wine and this post and your blog are awesome!

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Misty

Thank you! I am a new fan of Croatian wine and hope to discover more! Cheers:)

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