Category Archives: In Vino Veritas

Plastovo wine, Vina Sladić, Croatia

The final full day of the AdVintage 2016 wine tour saw us heading northwest from Trogir to the village of Plastovo, near the town of Skradin and the tourist magnet of the Krka National Park (which we visited immediately after the tasting). … Continue reading

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Imotski wine, Šimunović & Grabovac, Croatia

Day 2 of the AdVintage 2016 wine tour saw us in Imotski, a small town east from Split, only a couple of kilometers from the border with Bosnia & Herzegovina. As a tourist destination it is famous for its Blue and Red … Continue reading

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Kaštela wine, Putalj & Bedalov, Croatia

Day 1 of the AdVintage 2016 wine tour saw us in Kaštela, the administrative name for seven small towns east of Trogir and northwest of Split. This area has been growing grapes back to the Romans, Greeks and Illyrians ,with records of the … Continue reading

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Split Decision; AdVintage Wine Holiday 2016

Summer has come and gone, at least as far as I’m concerned now that my yearly wine holiday with AdVintage Wine is over. For 2016 it was Croatia’s Dalmatian coastline as the destination, with a hotel base in Seget Donji (just east … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Oz, with Guests

I’ve been to a few events recently where I find myself apologising for not keeping up with the Wine Blog, so what better reason can there be to dust off the writing cobwebs than a rare visit to the North East … Continue reading

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Lees, Sur Lie and Bâtonnage

Bâtonnage; a delightful word you may have seen on the back label of some French wines. More likely you’ve come across Lees (stirring) or Sur Lie (aging), as these are the techniques used on white wines from just about anywhere … Continue reading

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De Muller, by Papal approval

The AdVintage September 2013 wine tour of Tarragona continued with a visit to the De Muller winery in Mas de Valls, just outside of the town of Reus. Founded in 1851 by Don Auguste de Muller and Ruinart de Brimont, … Continue reading

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Mas Vicenç, D.O. Tarragona

The first visit of the AdVintage September 2013 wine tour of Tarragona was to a small family producer in the Alt Camp area of Catalonia, on the edge of Conca de Barberà. Originally a small agricultural holding bought by Vicenç … Continue reading

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Virginia: Old World Wine from the USA

The May tasting at NEWTS was a selection of wines from an area of the US with a long, if somewhat chequered history with winemaking. The Commonwealth of Virginia , nicknamed “Old Dominion” , the “Mother of Presidents” and the … Continue reading

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Spain, a History

Spain was the target of my most recent presentation to the North East Wine Tasting Society. I’ve loved Spanish Wine for many years, something which was made easier  by having a local importer just down the road in the form … Continue reading

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