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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!

 

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Croatian Christmas Time!

Christmas is slowly creeping upon us, and we’ve got some gift hampers to spoil you at this precious time of year, available for purchase both in store and online!

Do you have that one person who you never know what to buy for, a family where they really deserve to know they matter, or you just fancy indulging yourself with a truly spectacular bundle of deliciousness? Our Truffle hamper has everything you could ever need to make a feast for a truffle fan, and our Luxury Christmas hamper is full of Croatian cuisine, to leave you feeling particularly festive. The perfect gifts to make Christmas that little easier, and avoid the ‘ARGH CHRISTMAS SHOPPING’ frenzy that sometimes strikes!

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RRP£50-150

So, what does a Croatian Luxury Christmas hamper have in it? Be prepared to be blown away! There’s truffle cheese, truffle honey, truffle oil, black AND white truffle pate, fig jam, fig cake, Dinaski cheese, salami, chocolate spread, olive oil, chestnut cream spread, candied chocolate coated orange peel and then even more…!

AND THAT’S A LOT! So, if you’re more of a truffle fan then we have our truffle hamper with truffle cheese, truffle salami, white truffle oil, black AND white truffle pate, white truffle honey, truffle salt and sliced black truffle. YUM!

Our hampers come wrapped up beautifully with a bright red bow to finish them off too!

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Now, what’s so special about Croatian Christmas is that there’s a lovely tradition called Badnjak, it refers to a log brought into the house and placed on the fire on the evening of Christmas Eve, and this log keeps burning throughout the day and night announcing the arrival of Christmas and Jesus. Although, some homes have turned to a symbolic log some families still keep this wonderful tradition to its origins.

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We love bringing a little of that spirit to our London store, so why not pop in and check out how we’ve decked the place out!

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Come grab a hamper to get a taste of Christmas in Croatian style; we’re bringing a variety of products to the store and online that are perfect presents, big and small, so watch this space to find out which markets near you are going to be filled with Croatian’s finest Christmas goodies.

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