Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tomic in the Community: Biciklijada 2016

(with thanks to Vivian Grisogono from Eco Hvar for the photo)

October has begun in Jelsa, and all the grapes have been harvested from the fields. Andro, along with many other Jelsa residents, took the opportunity to take a breather on Saturday, helping out at the annual charity fundraiser, the Jelsa Biciklijada, which is organised by the Hvar Rotary Club, of which Andro is a very active member.

Bastijana was a proud sponsor of the event, which was very well attended, and including some rather spectacular cycling skills from a visiting professional German cycling. Do not try this at home, but have you ever seen a more stylish way to burst a balloon?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Bastijana Included in Innovative Roots of Zinfandel Tour from USA to Dalmatia

One of the great attractions of Croatian wine to an international audience is that this is the home of original Zinfandel. Croatia may have some obscure and unpronounceable indigenous grape varieties (some 130 or so), but in 2001, the University of Davis provided the DNA proof that the popular American variety was actually a 100% match of one of those Croatian tongue-twisters, Crljenak Kastelanski.

Dalmatia's most popular red, Plavac Mali, is related to the noble grape, and so it came to pass last year that some representatives of the influential Zinfandel Advocates and Producers association visited Jelsa on a fact-finding tour ahead of a planned organised trip to the source of original Zin.

The tour, which is scheduled for 2017, is now available for booking through Food and Wine Trails, and includes Bastijana as one of the participating Croatian wineries.

We are looking forward to the visit. For more information, click here.

Tomic Caplar Included in Suhi u Casi Wine Buying Guide

The Tomic Caplar continues to attract positive reviews from wine experts.

The popular Bastijana red, a combination of Plavac Mali and Cabernet Sauvignon, was included in the Suhi U Casi summer wine buying guide by leading Croatian wine writer Zeljko Suhadolnik. Here is what he had to say:

 () (XL) CAPLAR 2012 barrique – TOMIĆ    
 VINEYARD: slope • sort: Cabernet Sauvignon & Plavac Mali
 ALCOHOL: superior with controlled origin • dry • 14,0%
 BOTTLED in: 0,75 ℓ • bottle: normal • model, type: bordeaux • CAP: cork – serious
 DESIGN: elegant • label: attractive – original – recognisable from distance – two sections – clear, readable: good.
WINE is complex, spruced up, warm, with plenty of liveliness. Mild tertiary bouquet, appears to be in prime that can last. Looks lively, ruby-granite, transparent. Discrete on the nose, points to skin, burning and smoke/mild, chocolate, coffee, spices/with measure and well blended. Rounded in the mouth, polished tannins, salty. Very good in body&structure, salty and quite long warming ending. Retronasal: almond.
 SERVING:     • uncap bottle several hours before serving - decant •large bordeaux glass • 18° C
For more information on the wines included in the Summer guide, click here.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tomic at Festa Vina Jelsa: Join Us Tonight, Great Atmosphere!

It is the final night of Festa Vina, the Jelsa Wine Festival, tonight, and the atmosphere in the Town of Wine is fantastic. A wonderful evening of entertainment for all the family last night, and the party went on late into the night, as it will tonight for the main and final evening.

Andro was taking things in his stride, entertaining friends with a little Beleca and Veliki Plavac Mali.

Just around the corner, Team Tomic were pouring the wines for tourists and locals alike.

Tomic wines can be found as part of the Hvar Wine Association tasting stands between the main square and the catamaran. Come and join us tonight - it will be a fine evening celebrating the best of Jelsa wine!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pink Day Organisers Women on Wine Vote Tomic Opolo Nobile Best Croatian Rose

These are exciting times for the Croatian rose wine scene, with more and more quality roses coming to the market each year.

So much so in fact that a dynamic group of ladies and wine lovers formed an association five years ago called Women on Wine (WOW), with their main event each year being a great festival called Pink Day, a celebration of the rose wines of Croatia. It is an event which Bastijana is delighted to participate in, and we look forward to next year's edition.

WOW recently celebrated their fifth anniversary, and to honour it, they invited Restaurant Paradigma sommelier Roko Bekavac to a special tasting to find the best red, white and rose in Croatia:

The best rose is the Tomić Opolo Rose. “This rose won us over with aromas of ripe red fruits and fullness of body. It has a light, yet lovely bitter note,” the jury felt.

Read the full report here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Festa Vina Jelsa: Join Us for the Biggest Wine Festival on the Adriatic

Jelsa is the town of wine on Hvar, and it has a proud wine tradition dating back centuries.

It also has the biggest wine festival on the Adriatic, a chance to celebrate with locals and try the finest wines from the island's producers, and as usual, Bastijana will be a proud participant in 2016.

Join us tomorrow evening in the pretty St. Ivan's Square just off the main square in Jelsa, for the regular weekly tasting of the Hvar Wine Association, including Tomic, for an evening of wine, live music and a wonderful Dalmatian atmosphere.

The biggest party of the festival will take place on Saturday, the biggest party of the year. What better way to celebrate than with a glass or two of Tomic wine? For more information about Festa Vina 2016, click here

Hektorovich and Beleca Available for Shipping All Over the EU

Good news for fans of Tomic wines who would like to drink a little Hvar magic at home...

We have many people visiting the winery in Jelsa who ask where they can buy Tomic wines internationally. There are a limited number of outlets around the world, but now there is also a reliable and affordable option from here in Croatia.

The Hektorovich Prosek has been on the initial list of wines offered for sale and delivery all over the EU by Zagreb-based company The Wine and More. Priced at 19.99 euro and with the ability to ship in flexible quantities and with the option of mixed cases, Hetkorovich has been making its way into homes all over the EU in recent months.

From next week, the Tomic Beleca will also be available, priced around 9.99 euro plus delivery. So now you do not need to limit your enjoyment of Tomic wines to visits to our winery or the many restaurants which offer the Tomic range on their wine lists. For more details about how to order, click here.