An Evening with Alen Bibić Part 2

Over a summer, two travelers drink their way through the wines of Mediterranean Europe Alante – The Restaurant. This is a continuation of Part 1 where we talked about the history and how Bibich winery came about. Now, let’s get in to the fun of the wines we tasted. The Bodulski We started with the Debit 2006. It’s a very fresh white wine with a peachy nose and a slight bit of acidity. The finish has a bit of dryness that moves more in to some mineral tones as it breathes. Moreover, the wine does very well when chilled a bit, as there are sweet tones that come out from it, that you don’t taste unless at the proper temperature. We then moved in to the another white, the Debit Lučica 2005, which is actually very hard to come by because it sells out fast with just 1,800 bottles produced. There is a bit more citrus to the nose and a lovely, natural honey tones. The nose slips right in to the body, but loses a bit of the honey. This tricky honey part then comes back to great you again in the finish. The wine cleans up wonderfully and … Continue reading An Evening with Alen Bibić Part 2

An Evening with Alen Bibić Part 1

Over a summer, two travelers drink their way through the wines of Mediterranean Europe The town of Skradin. The Bibić Family have always been outsiders to some degree. Wine has been in their blood for a long time, but they’ve never really played by the rules. For instance, when everyone else was selling to the collectives during Yugoslavia, they didn’t. When everyone else stopped making wine in Skradin because of war, they didn’t, making them one of the very few producers in the region currently. And when everyone started spelling their names with a ‘ć’ instead of ‘ch’, they named their wines Bibich, instead of Bibić. These may seem like small things to the casual observer, but it was our opinion that they are the points in life and history that defined winemaking for the Bibić family today and specifically for the man at the helm, Alen Bibić. Alen Bibić We had the incredibly good fortune to sit down with him for several hours in his lovely new wine bar and restaurant (actually a joint partnership called, ‘Alante’- Alen and his friend Ante) in Skradin for a meal and a taste of his wines. Skradin is in and of itself … Continue reading An Evening with Alen Bibić Part 1