Despite a longstanding cultural tradition of winemaking, few modern wine drinkers have ever heard of Croatia. Alas, that is about to change! In this country, the Mediterranean meets the Dinaric Alps meets the Adriatic. With such diversity, it’s no surprise that influential wine personalities such as Robert Parker, Michel Rolland, Anthony Rose, Oz Clarke, and Jancis Robinson, have taken note this nation’s wines.
Cliff Rames will co-host the class with Andrew Harwood. Cliff is the Sommelier at the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza as well as a 'Certified Specialist of Wine' (CSW). More importantly, he is Croatian, the real deal, and on his most recent trip in November he sourced out many distinct, special bottlings, some of which we will taste. Most of all, he is a professional colleague and friend whom I have known for years and I can attest that his passion for wine is nonpareil. As the founder of Wines of Croatia, he spends much of his free time promoting the wines of this nation, as he did most recently as a guest on Wine Library TV, with Gary Vaynerchuck. Cliff will discuss the grapes and wine regions of this Central European land, as well as the link between Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Croatia, along with other little known, but incredibly illuminating tales of Croatia’s wine history.
Andrew Harwood, founder of NYC Wine Company, takes you across the border from Croatia into Hungary, whose equally inimitable tradition of winemaking will be showcased. Andrew, having worked as a winemaker in Tokaj, will give you the low down on the storied wines of this fabled zone, while also sharing his other favorite grapes and regions such as Bull’s Blood, Furmint, Hárslevel?, Kékfrankos, Kadarka and more.
Of course, your wine exploration to Croatia and Hungary will be enhanced by a selection of cured meats, perfectly aged cheeses, and, of course, the ubiquitous….”more”. So invite a friend(s) and discover the rich history and winemaking culture of Croatia and Hungary – you are bound to fall in love with one of these regions and wonder where these unique, inimitable wines have been your whole life.
To purchase this class, please follow the link to the NYC Wine Class website.We look forward to your company at this exciting event.