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It’s textured and floral – though in an earthy, wallflower way more than a sickly honeysuckle one – and reminiscent of the taste of yellow grapeskins.
Young, fresh, unoaked malvasia istarski is bloody good, as we discovered over lunch, with white truffle pasta. Or barbecued fish (or giant prawns) smothered in garlic. We didn’t set out specifically to get a malvasia; we wanted to put in a Croatian wine and of the dozens we tasted, the grasevina from Krauthaker winery in Slovenia and Pilato’s malvasia were the two best.” Pilato first came to the M&S team’s attention when it exhibited at a big trade Croatian tasting in London last summer.
My eyes keep straying to the plates of food put out for us to try.
Istria is a beautiful place with a complex history: we’re told of one case in which four generations of the same family, born in the same house, were even so born in four different countries, in chronological order Austria-Hungary, Italy, Yugoslavia and Croatia.
“Before 1992, when we were still part of Yugoslavia, there were no private wineries,” says Elidjo Pilato as we head inside.
“There were maybe five or six state-owned wineries in the whole country and the grapes went to those.
But what on earth was Belinda thinking of, putting her name to this one when she could just have bought a few innocuous, easy pinot grigios instead? It was brought there by its agent James Waddell, a very chatty Englishman with a goatee beard and a background in IT who seems to have turned wine importer on a whim after being made redundant by Broadband Wales.
It’s not a textbook route to market, but Croatia is an unusual case.
I’m in Croatia with Belinda Kleinig from the Marks & Spencer wine department.This is a list of Christmas carols organized by country, language or culture of origin.Originally, a "Christmas carol" referred to a piece of vocal music in carol form whose lyrics centre on the theme of Christmas or the Christmas season.Many traditional Christmas carols focus on the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus, while others celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas that range from the 25 December to 5 January.As a result, many Christmas Carols can be related to St Stephen's Day (26 December), St John's Day (27 December), Feast of Holy Innocents (28 December), St Sylvester's Day (31 December), and the Epiphany.