During the weekend of May 11-13, Vinistra will feature the traditional wine exhibition taking place at the Zatika sports center in Porec (the main floor), the gourmet events with chefs from Istria and abroad presenting their cuisine (the upper floor of the sports center). There are, of course, panel discussions for wine professionals and tasting events for wine professionals, wine bloggers and media. Additional events called Habanos moments are traditionally organized for the cigar aficionados on different locations in and around Porec.
Jody Ness of the CNBC World Wine portfolio was shooting in Istria and Croatia last year and made some friends along the way… This year he’ll be in the kitchen preparing gourmet dishes alongside with Tom Gretic, one of Croatia’s leading chef and a TV personality from the Mastefchef Croatia series. Check the Wine portfolio in Croatia episode via this link
1 star Michelin chef Christopher Naylor of restaurant Vermeer in Amsterdam makes the last day of Vinistra and shows his art & phylosophy in preparing the dishes that aim to show at all times the pure product; taste is foremost then technique and presentation.
These are the highlights of events for 2012 Vinistra from May 11-13 in Porec:
Friday May 11
13.00 – 14.00 The official opening of the 2012 Vinistra
14.00 – 15.00 Branding Croatia as a wine destination with Tony Hodges (Brandstory)
14.30 – 16.30 LF Catering chef Robert Peric in co-op with Istria’s rural agency AZZRI tells a story on the forgotten tastes of Istria. The selection of the traditional ingredients such as the boskarin meat (the traditional Istrian cattle) and the modern twist in the cuisine…
15.00 – 16.30 Vinistra Gourmet 2012 – Radin R Gourmet presents Hotel Lone, restaurant „L“ and chef Priska Thuring – These gourmet events are organized with Istria’s leading gourmet consultancy Radin R Grand Gourmet featuring domestic and foreign chefs presenting their cuisine and the story behind it. Chef Priska Thuring fusions traditional Istrian cuisne with her international experience and vision giving a touch to the traditional dishes prepared in a modern way. Restaurant „L“ is located at Istria’s brand new design hotel Lone in Rovinj.
19.00 – 20.00 Vinistra and World of Malvasias awards
Saturday May 12
11.30 – 12.00 Istrian wine wizards – presentation of the book on Istrian wine pioneers
12.30 – 14.00 Vinistra Gourmet 2012 – Radin R Gourmet presents Jody Ness & Tom Gretic – Jody Ness of CNBC’s Wine portfolio is back to Istria for the fun of it this time. „Life’s my passion, people are my inspiration and my muse is wine“ says Jody. Canadian born joins forces with Istria’s leading chef Tom Gretic in an unusual fusion of tastes, senses and ideas…
12.30 – 14.00 Plavac mali en premieur tasting of 2009 vintage
Plavac mali is Croatia’s leading red grape variety from Dalmatia that has seeized a lot of attention on the international wine scene. Sommelier Sasa Spiranec leads the tasting event of plavac mali from Dalmatia’s most prized locations – Dingac, Postup, Sv. Nedjelja and Murvica. Visitors will get acquainted with the labels Bura Dingac, Kiridzija Dingac, Mare Postup, Saints Hill Dingac, Korta Katarina Plavac mali, Grgic Plavac mali, Stina Plavac mali, Tomic Plavac mali bq, Plenkovic Zlatan plavac grand cru, Madirazza Dingac, Poljanic Dingac, Caris Plovac ploski bq, Rizman Plavac mali, Vinarija Dingac and Antunovic postup.
17.00 – 18.00 Croatian sommelier club presents Teran – the future of Istrian wine making or a dying breed? A panel discussion on Istria’s indigenous red grape variety teran and its future prospects on the international wine scene.
Sunday May 13
11.00 – 12.00 The impact of 2011 drought on Istrian malvasias – oenologist Tomislav Plavsa and sommelier Emil Perdec discuss the impact of the last year’s climate on the quality of the malvasia wines with tasting of the selected labels.
12.30 – 14.00 Vinistra Gourmet 2012 – Radin R Gourmet presents restaurant JB and chef Janez Bratovz – one of the leading Slovenian restaurants – the JB restaurant from Ljubljana and its chef Janez Bratovz combine the Mediterranean style of cuisine with the international cuisines in respect to the materia prima – the seasonal local ingredients. JB restaurant is listed as one of the world’s 100 top restaurants by the San Pellegrino method.
13.00 – 14.00 Blind tasting of Istrian wines with Taste of Croatia
15.30 – 17.00 Vinistra Gourmet 2012 – Radin R Gourmet presents restaurant Vermeer and chef Christopher Naylor from Amsterdam– Chef Christopher Naylor runs a sophisticated and uniqiue cuisine in Amsterdam with a strong passion for the local ingredients combined with modern cooking tecniques. Chef Naylor loves to work with vegetables, fish and olive oils. Restaurants Vermeer boasts 1 Michelin star from 2010 and scores 17 points by the Gault Millau gourmet guidebook.