Croatia Uncorked Winemakers Dinner at L’Abattoir

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On February 24, I attended the dinner that was a celebration of Stina wines of Croatia paired with culinary delights created by Executive Chef, Lee Cooper. I had an opportunity to meet with the principals of Stina Winery who were in attendance on their first visit to Vancouver, this sold out dinner was part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

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Now on to dinner and the pairings!

First Course:

Grilled Octopus

Grilled Octopus

Stina Posip 2013

Stina Posip 2013

Grilled Octopus with fennel, Red pepper and squid ink crumb paired with Stina Posip 2013.

Croatian Ambassador to Canada

Croatian Ambassador to Canada

Stina winery principals Ivica Kovacevic (Winery Director) on Left and Ivan Kovacevic (Export Manager) on Right.

Stina winery principals Ivica Kovacevic (Winery Director) on Left and Ivan Kovacevic (Export Manager) on Right.

The Croatian Ambassador to Canada talking about Croatian wines during the dinner. It was a pleasure to meet Stina winery principals Ivica Kovacevic (Winery Director) and Ivan Kovacevic (Export Manager).

Second Course:

Roasted Duck Breast

Roasted Duck Breast

Roasted Duck Breast with beetroot, radicchio, date and coffee sauce paired with the Stina Crljenak 2011 and the Stina Plavac Mali Barrique 2010

Ivan Kovacevic

Ivan Kovacevic

Ivan Kovacevic spoke about each of their wines prior to each of the courses that were served. This is the first time there wines have been featured in the Vancouver International Wine Festival and all who attended this wonderful dinner were very excited to learn more about Croatia and their wines.

Third Course:

Dry-Aged Ribeye of Beef

Dry-Aged Ribeye of Beef

Dry-Aged Ribeye of Beef with turnips, onion, watercress and jus Gras paired with the Stina Plavac Muli Burrique 2010 and Stina Plavac Muli Remek Djelo 2009

Fourth Course:

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding paired with the Stina Prosek 2011

Chef Lee Cooper did a fine job pairing the wines with each of his dishes, everything was delicious, my favourite parings were the Dry-Aged Ribeye of Beef with the Stina Plavac Mali Majistor 2010; as well as the Sticky Toffee Pudding with the luscious Stina Prosek 2011.

Most of these wines are now available in the Vancouver area wine stores as well as on the list at some of the restaurants including L’Abattoir at 217 Carrall Street in Gastown.

By: Richard Wolak