A Bit About Plavac Mali

Plavac Mali grapes ripening towards the end of summer on the island of Hvar. So, what is Plavac Mali? Where is Plavac Mali? How do you even say, Plavac Mali? Let’s take a look at all of these items as we delve in detail into this particular grape. Plavac Mali (pronounced Plahvahts Mahlee) is a red grape varietal that is native to Croatia and more specifically, native to Southern Dalmatia. This is a strip of land that has Bosnia Herzegovina to the east and the Adriatic Sea to the west. It gets an obscene amount of sun throughout the year, so Plavac Mali is a happy grape to have Dalmatia as it’s home. The rugged karst of the Dingač wine region. By far and away, Plavac Mali is the dominant red grape in Dalmatia. Others like Merlot, Shiraz, and a number of minor native grapes pop up here and there, but inevitably, if you see a field of red wine grapes, they will be Plavac Mali. It wasn’t always this way though. Many, many years ago, there was another grape that enjoyed the Dalmatia summers which was called, Crljenak Kaštelanski. It has since been discovered that this wine is one … Continue reading A Bit About Plavac Mali

Good Words on Slovenian Wines

One of the best wine blogs on the net. Alder over at Vinography just wrote a great article summing up the merits of a number of the Slovenian wines we carry. Some of his favorites included, 2005 Kogl “Mea Culpa”, 1999 Batić Reserve Pinot Gris, and 2004 Batić Pinot Gris Riserva. He went on to elicit, “Any wine lover who enjoys white wines I strongly urge to seek out some Slovenian wine and give it a try.” Don’t take our word for it though and read his entire article. It’s a great summation of the Slovenian wine industry and the very high quality wines that they are producing and we are happy to import. Probably the only thing we’d add is that Slovenian is not just about the whites. There are a great many reds that we feel warrant a lingering, enjoyable tasting.