Starosel: Old Village New Times

We didn’t know what to expect on our very first trip to Bulgaria, and we hadn’t been able to research as much as we tend to do before we go to pastures new, so we were excited at the prospect … Continue reading

The Aumbry Restaurant

On Thursday 12 June, Brazil open the proceedings in the 1st round of the World Cup in São Paulo playing…. Croatia.  Whilst they may only be the rank outsider to win that first match, let alone the Cup itself (and … Continue reading


You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to enjoy this wine! It’s a wine in a box. A box wine. We look at each other.  Really?  Are we snubbing it because it’s not in a glass bottle?  If we … Continue reading


Much has been written recently about Croatia since it joined the EU in July, particularly over the summer as journalists and bloggers regularly visited, creating stories to entice both tourists and adventurers to the country.  Articles have focused on either … Continue reading

Welcome to the newest wines in the EU

This month Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union and we’re delighted that so many British tourists are now enjoying holidays and tours of the different regions – whether city breaks, cultural, countryside, gastronomic (with us!) or sailing … Continue reading

Sparkling Istria, Sparkling Misal!

When we first met Ana Peršurić at her family’s winery in Peršurići, we wondered where the winemaker was. Here was this tall, slight, young (very young), pretty girl meeting us at the cellar door, with a beaming smile and twinkling … Continue reading

The Cuthbert – proud of our local pub and kitchen

After a chance chat on New Year’s Day in our new local, The Cuthbert, we created a wine flight from our Croatian portfolio and matched it to an old English menu. What? How on earth did Croatian wines manage to … Continue reading

Wines for Christmas ~ Dare to be Different!

Over the past month we’ve been asked what wines from our portfolio will match well with a traditional Christmas menu? Fortunately for us and you, almost all of them!  With just over three weeks to go, here are our top … Continue reading

Soundbite (2): The Lado, Umag

The Lado is our nearest fish restaurant on the waterside at Umag. Actually restaurant is a bit upmarket a term.  Shack on the beach is more like it.  It’s a ten-minute walk round to the town centre and a few … Continue reading

Top 20 Tips for Eating in Istria

When we first created our website some years ago, we wrote a short piece about the gastronomy of Croatia, specifically Istria, where we have concentrated our wine search up until now.  It was hard to write a synopsis of the … Continue reading