Valentine's Day - What Croatian Wine Would Be The Best Choice?
OK, we all hate the commercialization that forces an obligation instead of encouraging exciting spontaneity. However, if you are already in a relationship with a loved one who appreciates the good things as well as you, Valentine's Day will not pass without wine.
If you end up in the restaurant for a romantic dinner, you'll have wine. If you organize even more romantic dinner at home, the wine will certainly be on the table. Even if none of the above doesn't happen, I guess you will be smart enough to choose the right wine for a gift, something that will stimulate "a romantic vibe."
Since the female gender is in a significant advantage, thanks to the brilliant advice offered by Cosmopolitan and other useful publications, for the purpose of this article let's concentrate on the selection of wines to impress the ladies.
What would a thoughtful Croatian man choose?
If not completely sure of the specific affinity, he would definitely stick to a proven recipe – the Muscat (Muškat). Before snorting, know that Muscat does not necessarily have to be all sweet and sticky.
On the contrary, Istria is known for its specific "Momjan Muscat" (Muškat Momnjanski) that achieves amazing balance. Semi-sweet and sweet wines are very successfully made of other grape varieties such as Istrian Malvasia (Benvenuti) while wineries such as Kozlović, Cape, Sinković, Prelac sign their wines under the Moscato di Momiano. Wine of greenish-yellow to golden color, medium alcohol, balanced acid, extracted, rich floral aroma of the wild carnation, rose and sage with a dominant nutmeg character, will appeal to both you, as long as you aren't ashamed to admit it!
Muscat does not have to be white. In Istria we have Muscat Rose from Poreč, a Muscat grape variety that gives sweet "tannin-free" red wine with extra freshness. Skillful selection that will impress both genders equally. Vina Laguna and Ritoša winery are the most famous examples currently on the market. Ravishing fragrant rose aromas aren't in the name of the grape variety by accident. Behind roses these wines have refreshing and well distributed acidity and achieve gourmet structures.
In Dalmatian culture, Muscat isn't widespread. Why should it be, when Dalmatians have their tradition? Sweet Prošek wines from the dried berries of Plavac Mali that give liquid nectar achievable only by the best wineries. Fully healthy, naturally dehydrated berries on the vine or dried on the hay, in the right hands, becomes an aphrodisiac. Look for the small wineries of the island of Vis (Roki, Bunčić) or exquisite dessert wines from the small boutique winery Miloš on the Pelješac peninsula, Stina on the island of Brač and others.
In the Continental Croatia, the concentration of natural sugar is achieved by late harvesting and the ultimate dessert wines - "ice wines". Gewürztraminer is the most common fragrant choice; a wine growing area is mostly in Slavonia. The climate of Kutjevo and nearby Orahovica and Feričanci area is celebrated for its dessert wines, almost as much as the famous Principovac and other sites in Ilok. A new tradition is made in Croatian Zagorje, where the small, boutique winery Bodren has the most Decanter Awards for their dessert and ice wines. More than any other winery in Croatia.
It would be impossible to know how many love stories have been celebrated with these chilled “ice-breakers”, but what’s sure is that with this wine selection – Valentine can be every day!
Did you know?
In the medieval, young girls ate bizarre meals, in hope of dreaming their future husband; we think that the wine would be a better choice in that term! :)
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