People & Places

A Croatian Delicacy: Boškarin Ox

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On a trip to the picturesque Croatian region of Istria earlier this year, a group of fellow bloggers and I were introduced first-hand to the wonders of Croatian wine (I’ve been a long time fan) as well as some of the country’s culinary specialties.

Forget Wine Tasting - let's Taste Olive Oil!

Olive oil tasting at Chiavalon

If you’ve been to Croatia, you’ll know that it’s a country of stunning scenery, crystal clear waters and fascinating history.  You will also know that they are serious foodies and also make some incredible wines (some of my favourites in fact) and produce world-class olive oil.

A 'Terroir Tasting' in Istria, Croatia

The Cattunar vineyards


Croatian wines are some of my favourites. I spent a few days in the region of Istria earlier this year and if you haven’t been yet, add it to your list of ‘must visits’!

Wine from a Bunker: Piquentum Winery, Croatia

Piquentum Winery, Croatia

On a beautiful March morning on the western Croatian peninsula of Istria, with a warm sun heading up into clear-blue skies, a group of fellow bloggers and I boarded the bus and were soon underway.  North our direction today, towards the medieval village of Buzet and the Piquentum winery.

In praise of Puglian reds

I've just spent a week in Puglia and found myself absolutely bowled over by the quality of the red wines on offer. I went with some trepidation to be honest having read a fairly mixed bag of reviews about the local wines. Some commentators seemed to suggest that the only reds from Southern Italy worth drinking are those from Campania on the opposite coast. I beg to differ.