The bitter cold of January in Chicago is all it takes to imagine a vacation getaway. For us this month, we picture the beautiful regions of Croatia, where Dalmatia and Šibenik and its surroundings are full of breathtaking natural beauties, such as numerous and picturesque vineyards adorned with sunny slopes. If only we could be there strolling the streets with some Cevapi in hand; These tasty grilled sausages are the ultimate Croatian street food! Or even better, taking in the smoky, cozy aromas of ‘Ispod peke’: a regional meat and vegetable dish that is cooked under a terracotta or iron lid and over burning embers.

While we talk of the food and the wine, the beauty of Croatia is nothing short of magical. And it is exactly this kind of magic, with the “perfect” Croatian wines, that we hope to provide you with this month.  Whether you think of the beautiful waterfalls to cool you off in hot Croatian summers, or stepping into Dubrovnik and taking in the breathtaking location for Game of Thrones famous King’s Landing, these two wines will transport you there and have you toasting, Živjeli! after the first sip.

2019 Merga Victa Posip, Korcula, Croatia

Made from 100% Pošip, the native white grape of the region. Gold color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of peach, with a crisp finish and a smooth texture. The variety is highly aromatic with a tendency to produce high sugars and alcohol. The stone fruit aromas are reminiscent of Viognier and the Merga Victa is quite a stunner – ripe citrus and floral on a medium, textured palate with a lingering floral finish with a touch of herbaceousness. Bottle Price: $19.99 /Bottle; Wine Club: $17.99/Bottle

2017 Testament Babic, North Dalmatia, Croatia

Babić Testament is organic dry red, ruby color wine, with a pleasant fruity smell. Oak ageing gives it another level of complexity and spiciness. Babić grape is a local grape variety, growing only in the northern Dalmatia, especially around Šibenik and Primošten. The 2017 Babić was aged for 6 months in used barrique barrels, a combination of American and French oak.  It is a red wine of dark ruby, opaque color, with the aroma of ripe red fruit, dark chocolate and spices.  The taste is opulent with live acids and a powerful structure. Bottle Price: $24.99 /Bottle; Wine Club: $22.49/Bottle

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