This past Thursday, we got invited to Pelegrini for a presentation of Korta Katarina wines. Knowing Rudi, we were sure that the meals will be as exciting!
The night did not start well: it was SNOWING! And the roads were pure ice reminding me of some back roads in Massachusetts back when I lived there. Not prepared for snow conditions, we drove very slowly and it took us almost and hour to reach Šibenik. But Korta Katarina is so popular that I simply had to see what the fuss was all about.
The menu was quite exciting: baked octopus, tuna fish cubes, veal sous vide…
Everything was perfectly cooked and arranged!
And the price, 140 Kn, or about 28 USD was simply not worth mentioning!
Due to terrible weather, there were only 15 of us at the presentation.
The wines were presented by the Korta Katarina’s marketing guy: Mr. Marko Pavlak
He introduced the winery, a bit of the company history (recently opened American-Croatian winery) and the future. Their web site is still under development: http://kortakatarinawinery.com/
I was particularly interested in hearing more on their wine tour programs since this is the winery that HAS to be visited! They recognized the tremendous potential of Pelješac wines and decided to make the most of it.
The wines of Korta Katarina are simply some of the best wines currently produced in Croatia but, I trust what they say: this is nothing compared to what they will produce in the future. Pošip, rose, plavac… very fruity and perfect for pairing with food! We also got to taste their reserva, but that was so heavy that it will take some time till it forms completely. Very, very strong wine with great potential but simply not there yet. That is why it is not in stores yet. But make sure, for GREAT experience, to pick up a bottle of Plavac! Simply stunning!
It is just a pity that not more local people enjoy this types of events! Rudi is trying really hard to put Šibenik on the gastronomy map of Croatia but the locals don’t recognize it. I guess we are still more into “mixed meat platters”, lamb on spit etc, etc… Nothing wrong with those, but tasting something different is always a great pleasure. That’s why I always recommend Pelegrini for my clients and never heard a bad comment!
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