RKS WINE: The Penniless Pensioner Wants to Relive His Croatian Memories

In his younger days as a student when he had lots of hair he visited Croatia which then was part of Yugoslavia before it became an independent country. Boy he loved the islands off its coast and Dubrovnik was a quaint old town. But he returned a few years ago for a vacation and was disgusted with how the cruise ships and thousands of passengers were quickly ruining Croatia and its Dalmatian Coast. There simply was no room in the old town to hold the hordes of passengers who spend little and scuttle back to their floating hotel for dinner which makes Dubrovnik on the road to ruin like Venice, Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto. Don’t mention cruises to PP as he goes into a tirade about the idiocy of the onboard entertainment and all you can eat midnight buffets.

This time he asked I review a Graševina from Croatia from a winery called Kutjevo. It comes in on a regular basis to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and is $15.95 and within PP’s budget and hopefully it will take his mind off the ruinous fleets of these floating hotels.

It is pale gold in colour. On the nose apricot, pear, pineapple and lime all rather weak and not very assertive. On the palate I will be polite and call it a delicate wine or I could be direct and say it is just about tasteless. Yes, it is well made without any technical flaws but it lacks character. I just texted PP and said “Don’t buy. Wimpy!” Short finish.

I think I’d go somewhat with the label that says it is a good accompaniment to summer salads, poultry, seafood and Mediterranean cuisine although that is grossly simplistic as this type of food in some cases and depending on how the food is prepared would be totally unsuitable with this wine.

(Kutjevo Graševina 2020, Kutjevo Winery, Kutjevo, Croatia, $ 15.95, LCBO # 519074, 13%, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 79/100).

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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