Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wines of Croatia in NYC February 24th

If you are a regular reader of this blog you are well aware of my obsession with the wines of Croatia. And slowly but surely the country and their wines are getting noticed and receiving more coverage every year including a listing in the February edition of Wine Enthusiast as one on the top wine travel destinations for 2015. But heck, I told you Croatia was the happening place to visit and one of the top emerging wine destinations back in 2011. {You heard it here first friends!}

Anyway, if you’d like to learn more about the wines of Croatia and you are a member of the trade or media (especially if you live on the East coast)—you are in luck!

On February 24th, at the Astor Center in New York City, Vina Croatia will host a presentation of Croatian wine with over 24 wineries represented including my beloved Bibich. In addition to the walk around tasting there will be two seminars:

Taste Croatia (11:00 am - 11:45 am)  - Discover Croatia and its diverse range of terroirs. Learn about the leading grape varieties and taste selected wines representing the characteristic styles and flavors of  Croatian wines.

American Winemakers Who Fell in Love with Blue Adriatic  (12:30 pm - 1:15 pm)  - Meet the successful Americans who invested in the Croatian wine business and are standing behind Grgich, Korta Katarina and Benmosche Family Vineyards.

Registration is complimentary and exclusive to members of the wine trade and press. For more information please email Tatiana Reif at

Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Travel Guide to California: Featuring Wine Festivals

My feature article on California wine tourism and wine festivals is now out in the 2015 Travel Guide to California. You can click to enlarge the individual pages below or read the full article here:


Flavor! Napa Valley –November 18-22 Check site for dates

Auction Napa Valley – June 4-6

Taste Alexander Valley – May 16-17 ,2015

7% Solution - MAY (Healdsburg) May 6, 2015

Winter WINEland - January 17-18

West of West Wine Festival -August 1-2 2015

Hopland Passport – Spring  May 2 - 3 , 2015 & Fall October 17 - 18 2015

Anderson Valley Pinot Fest – May 15-17

The International Alsace Varietals Festival – February 7

Livermore Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend – March21-22

Rocks & Rh̫nes Weekend РMay 23-24

The Barbera Fest –June 13, 2015

Pebble Beach Food And Wine Classic - April 9-12

BUBBLYFest by the Sea – (Pismo Beach) October 2-4, 2015.

Garagiste Festival Paso Robles – November 5th-8th 2015

Santa Barbara Celebration of Harvest— October 9 – 12, 2015

Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine – May 29 -31

San Diego Zoo Wine and Food – September 26, 2015

Bacon & Barrels – (Los Olivos) July 17-19

Zin Fest –Lodi Lake –May 15-17


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