Friday, 20 May 2016

Best Food & Wine Hotels in Istria and Kvarner

One thing we know for sure is that the Istrian and Kvarner regions are booming. Istria, boasting the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, is just south of Trieste in Italy. Rolling hills, fertile plains, rural hotels, and farmhouse restaurants make up much of what Istria is today, and it is no surprise that Istria's gastronomic experiences are highly acclaimed. Kvarner, ecologically unpolluted, is home to indisputably the best šcampi in the world, with wines obtained from the white grapes of the Krk and Vinodol mountains. It is perfectly evident then, that Istria and Kvarner are first class when it comes to your gastronimic experiences, and we are here to give you some of the best restaurants in the region. 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Split's Best Wine Bars Going Into the 2016 Summer Season

When it comes to drinking wine, the people of Split are no strangers. Whether they be drinking a cold white during a hot summer lunch, or opt for a bold red in the winter, I’m sure they’d like to consider themselves aficionados in the area. Many families in the Dalmatia region produce their own wines, and with the ever growing population of Croatian winemakers and vineyards popping up along the Dalmatian coast, it’s no surprise that Split has more than a few wine bars for your drinking pleasure. Here are some of the most popular wine bars going into the 2016 season - establishments where locals and tourists will find a safe haven to wine and dine.


Perhaps the most popular after the last summer season is Wine and Cheese Bar Paradox. Having opened in June of 2012, Wine and Cheese Bar Paradox was the first official wine bar in the city. Although not a full service restaurant, this wine and cheese bar offers over 100 wine labels (with over half of the wines served by the glass) as well as small bites including cheeses, prosciutto and olives. Located just a few minutes outside of the palace on Poljana Tina Ujevića 2, the staff are more than knowledgeable and the ambiance is set with custom designed elm and oak furniture placed amongst the exposed stone walls. They also offer the largest selection of artisan cheeses in Croatia!


Next we have Zinfandel Food and Wine Bar, entering the wine bar scene in May of 2013. With over 100 bottled wines and an extensive list of 30 wines by the glass, Zinfandel’s wines are delivered either straight from the vineyard from Croatian’s most renowned estates or from boutique winemakers. Their menu is focused on seasonal ingredients with an ever changing menu depending on the season. They also offer an a la carte menu with a modern twist on much loved Dalmatian classics. Located within the palace on Ulica Marka Marulića 2, you can’t miss it!


Lastly we have La Bodega Wine Bar, having opened in Split in the summer of 2015. With previous locations in Zagreb, Zadar, and Dubrovnik, it was just a matter of time before they opened their doors to the people of Split. La Bodega is a premium wine cellar, fitted with superb local wines and snacks of quality domestic hams and cheeses. The largest of the three on this list, La Bodega is located directly around the corner from Voćni Trg on Mihovilova širina 1. This central location is always filled with patrons and lively music. Another perk? They also serve a continental brunch!


Thirsty yet? I know we are! 


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Seventh Dalmatia Wine Expo Concludes

Seventh Dalmatia Wine Expo took place in Split and Makarska at the end of April.


Thursday, 3 April 2014

Want A Glass Of Wine? There Is An App For That

There are few facts we can't beat. First of all, Croatian wine are rising and shining, its varieties depending on a region is just incredible. Second, there are not so many people who know how to taste wine, drink it, or pair it with a certain food. Modern times bring a simple answer on wine-lovers' prayers. There is an app for that.

It's called, as expected, Cro-Wine, and is available for Android smartphones and tablets, but iOS version is soon to come. It has few excellent, and extremely useful features. For example, one of the best Croatian sommeliers Klaudio Jurcic offers easy and effective pairing of Croatian wines with particular food, in case you don't trust your waitor, or just got one who doesn't have a clue about it. Application also gives general information on Croatian enology, sends reminders of enological events in Croatia and the world, teaches the basic rules of wine tasting and pairing, conducts polls and quizzes, and offers a handy dictionary with Croatian terms translated to Italian, German and English. There is an additional feature called "My Reviews" for users to keep a personal record of tasted wines.

So, next time when trying to choose among dozens of Croatian wines while looking at the menu with equally great cuisine, pull out your smartphone. It has all the answers you need.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Top Wine Bars In Split

Dalmatia is one of the main wine regions in Croatia, no need to waste time in proving that fact. Still, until few years ago better wines offer in Split was limited on few upscale restaurants. Same as Split changed into a Croatian tourism champion, so city wine scene changed, too. First, more restaurants opened around the old town and in other parts of the city, with excellent wine selections. It's easy to point out the most obvious examples: NoStress, Paradigma, Kadena, Zrno soli, Dvor, Re di mare, Brasserie on 7, Boban, restaurants in high-class hotels like Le Meridien Lav and Radisson Blu, the latest addition Hotel Split, and many, many more. Even more important reason, however, is opening of several excellent wine bars. Unfortunately, some also closed down, or changed their profiles. Here is the list of our favourites, in no particular order.

Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar

We wrote so much about this place that it's really hard to add anything new. It has central position, really good and innovative food and above all great selection of wines. After all, place was named after the wine, and not just any wine, but in honour of Dalmatian roots of Zinfandel. You can order wine by bottles or by glass, and prices are fairly reasonable for the quality Zinfandel offers. Also, good place to meet Split expats.

Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox

Maybe the best profiled wine bar in Split, another regular guest on Total Split. With its sister restaurant Paradigma, it's a must-go place for any wine aficionado. Even if you are beginner in wine tasting, don't worry, great stuff will teach you all you need to know. No need to mention that you can order almost anything by glass.

Uje Oil Bar

Yes, it has oil in its name, but don't worry, there is plenty of wine pouring there. Parts of the same establishment are two neighbouring venues, Uje Wine Bar and Uje Pikulece. Nice location, excellent food carefully paired with wines, and don't forget - do some olive oil tasting there. Also, the fourth place in the same street is coming soon - Uje Living Room.

Bokeria Kitchen & Wine

Bokeria is one of major stars of the new culinary wave in Split. It's been named after market Boccheria in Barcelona, and follows same simple philosophy like restaurants there - the only criteria is fresh and tasty food. Of course, wine is not forgotten. It has nice selection, with its foundation in Croatian wines.

Diocletian's Wine House

This is very cozy, carefuly decorated (maybe even too decorated, to be honest) place with excellent location, and nice food. They are advertising with having more than 100 wine labels, worth of checking. There is also something else: place is named after emperor Diocletian, inside his palace, but close to a spot where the last Western Roman emperor Julius Nepos was killed. Who can beat such story?

Looking to discover more of the wines of Croatia? Check out these great tours!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Shopping in Split: Klub Gurmana i Hedonista Wine Shop

Klub Gurmana i Hedonista, translated into The Gourmand and Hedonist Club, is exactly that. This shop and wine lovers hangout feels just like you are at home. Igor, the owner of this joint, welcomes you in to have a seat in his one-table venue surrounded by Croatian wine bottles wrapped in iron vines from floor to ceiling.

Klub Gurmana i Hedonista stock the finest selection of Croatian wines, most of which are quite well-known however, the best surprise is always his newest and quirkiest finds; real treasures which are worth a try. Igor's knowledge of wines doesn't intimidate you; he is glad to share his insight with a wine newbie as much as with a connoisseur. He will guide you through his selection, making you really appreciate the craft of winemaking, so you can bring the best bottle home for dinner or as a souvenir from your coastal holiday. 


Klub Gurmana i Hedonista also host the The Art of Wine tasting where you really get an insight into Croatian wines. The tasting consists of four wines paired with seven Dalmatian specialities such as sardines, octopus, cheeses from Pag and olive oil (an sometimes a cheeky grappa on the side), presented by Igor or another oenophile for 200KN. They run these daily tastings in the summer at 13:00 and 20:00 but you can always call ahead to request another time. In the winter, tastings are available upon request.

The shop is situated in the charming Radunica neighborhood just 10 minutes from Riva, heading east on Ulica Kralja Zvonimira, passing Villa Diana and tasting the next left turn down a small alley.


Klub Gurmana i Hedonista

Kuzmaniceva 13, 21000 Split

+385 (0)95 898 9889

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Friday, 6 February 2015

February Filled With Food, Wine And Olive Oil Fairs

Gastronomy, wines and olive oil became important part of tourism in Dalmatia, including Split, and it's not a surprise that fairs and festivals are getting more and more frequent. Still, it's not very common to have such events in the middle of the winter, and this February Split will host two of them.

First, Adriatic Gastro Show in Spaladium Arena February 19 to 22. As announced, they are intending to gather big names in gastronomy, tourism and wine industry, as well as producers and distributors of tourism and hosiptality equipment and furniture. As usual, there will be loads of food, wines and spirits, juices, pastries, but also travel agencies and other industry's players, from hotels to equipment suppliers. What is important, it's a regional event, meaning it gathers exhibitors from all over Southeast Europe, or Balkans, or former Yugoslavia, whatever you like to call it.

More info here.

One of events included in this fair will be also Adriatic Eko Ethno & Wine Show, available through Facebook event.

Almost in the same time, but at the other side of the city, in hotel Zagreb near Znjan beach, on February 21 and 22 international fair Maslina is taking place, with olive and olive oil producers from all over Mediterranean. It's also a competition, and usually interesting festival of some of the best olive oils you can imagine. More info on Facebook event.

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