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Perfect Time For A Picnic!

In Croatian culture, spending time with friends and family eating good food is so crucial to daily lives and we love this time of year, filled with sunshine, eating outdoors, either on the beach, in the garden, or wherever we can basque in the rays!

Having a picnic or bbq in Croatia, the main showstopper on the table is the meat and fish! Nothing too fancy, just good quality, tasty sized portions of fresh, succulent and most of all grilled to perfection.

If you want to create a Croatian inspired picnic yourself, we’ve created some tips and recipe inspiration for something truly tasty and a bit unique:

1. Add a splash of zing to your fish with lemon olive oil before placing on the BBQ to ensure the skin is extra crispy and has a fresh flavour!

2. Love pizza? how about some delicious truffle salami as a topping on any home made pizza! Yet want to add even more taste? Truffle cheese! Once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder what you ever did without it.

3. Vegetarians, try our truffle honey, dripped over cheese and crusty bread, that sweet salty delight. Or why not grab some truffle pate,spread on tartines, or dipping in crudites, it’s a fragrant delicious taste

4. Charcuterie, grab some sliced meat – Kulin Galovic, an easy crowd pleaser to nibble on, by itself or in some fresh bread of your choice, it’s divine with truffle tapenade too! 

5. Drizzle some fig vinegar on your salad to get that healthy hit of calcium, as well as tasty sweet and sour sauce

6. Sweet Tooth? Our chocolate spread over fresh fruit salad, a true crowd pleaser! Choose from one of our three tasty flavours

7. Wine? We have lots of options, we’d recommend Skrlet as it’s tastiest in the sunshine!

8. Or why not grab some truffle tapenade – black & white truffle with cream cheese, ‘The posh Philadelphia!’  spread on tartines, or dipping in crudites with some delicious smoked salmon on the side!

9. Our outstanding cold pressed olive oil from Istria voted best region in the world for olive oil ( ‘Flos Oli 2016, 2017). Drizzle over some burata and tomatoes for the perfect summer salad.
10. Most importantly, have fun! The best part of picnics is the joy!
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Time for some Croatian Wine

We are very excited to share the news that we’re officially selling our Croatian wines in Borough Market. And in the new year, we’ll have some tasting sessions around Valentine’s Day too. We’d love for you to share in this extra special culinary experience with us, so, watch this space for news and updates.

This time of year is perfect for indulging in lots of delicious drops, and we’re delighted to have the oh! so popular Tomic flying off our shelves, come try it for a festive treat.

Now, what makes Croatian wine special, there’s a lot to learn because, well, Croatia grows a lot of phenomenal grapes! We’ve written a top list of facts to give you the total low down so that you can be an expert in no time, although, the best way to learn, is through the tasting!

● There are four main wine regions in Croatia, Slavonia and Croatian Danube that

cultivate the speciality Graševina, Croatian Uplands for aromatic fruity drops, Istria and Kvarner for citrus flavours and Dalmatia, the famed Plavac grape. The region stretching along the Drava and Sava rivers, where winters are cold and summers are delightfully warm. There is a strong history dating back to the Ancient Greek settlers, and their wine production some 2,500 years ago.

● Three major varieties are cultivated on almost half the total vineyard area in Croatia : Graševina, Malvazija and Plavac Mali.

● Not sure where to start, the most recognised one to try, ‘Plavac Mali’ this means ‘small blue’, and this grape is the most planted red grape variety in Croatia, it’s divine, give it a taste, this robust wine is rich in taste and high in alcohol content too!

● Plavac Mali is such a delectable strong and rich wine, you should match it to red meat of bold flavors, such as veal and venison.

● Istria and Kvarner are best regions for a white wine with a lighter fresher flavour including aromas of citrus fruit, peach and apple. Supreme acidity and minerality (almost salty) making this wine great with fish dishes.

● And just fancy an easy drinkable white, the wines from the Uplands are delightful to match with all foods or just to have a relaxing drink to unwind.

● In Croatia, the wine is diluted with either still or sparkling water – producing a drink known as Gemišt – white wine and carbonated water, and Bevanda – red wine and still water.

But, if you’re intrigued and want to learn more, watch this space for information on our tasting events, or pop in for a chat, we’d love to discuss the wonderful world of wine with you!