Vinistra exceeded all expectations

first_imgEveryone who means something on the Croatian wine scene came to Poreč to enjoy top quality wines for three days and socialize with more than 130 exhibitors.”Winemakers have done a lot on quality, but most of all we lack recognition in the world. We are waiting for the Law on Wine, which should provide guidelines, and a strategy that will lead us to the right path should be built into that Law. Trends are changing, new markets are opening, we have a long way to go and great perseverance. “, said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra, the association of winemakers and winegrowers of Istria at an interesting conference Our experiences: 25 years of Vinistra in the Croatian wine story, which took place after the opening of the largest regional wine exhibition.”Croatian winemakers have shown in the past that the quality of products has grown in all regions and that it is possible to make a living from wine production. When we look at where we are today – we have an umbrella association, we have an international presence, we have created a national program to support the winemaking sector from which we financed brand strategy, we hired marketing expert Toniy Hodges, we have umbrella stamps, we have a website, we have ready-made solutions”, Concluded Božica Marković, director of the Sector for Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.The ideal combination – Istrian wines and Zagorje on a plateThe rich accompanying part was followed by the presentation of the book by Đuro Horvat Wine marketing in theory and practice and tasting Pairing Istrian delicacies with Istrian wines chosen by famous sommelier Emil Perdec and Krešimir Mikinac. Laguna wines were presented with a vertical tasting of five excellent Malvasia vintages from 2011 to 2017, and on the first day of Vinistra Plava Laguna Gourmet show brought a surprise from the center of Hrvatsko Zagorje.Zagorje cottage cheese with pumpkin oil and confited duck breast, cream of corn soup with walnut oil, pork fillet sous vide with mushrooms, green vegetable scenery and rye flour crackers, and cheesecake with strawberry gel and pumpkin oil and white mousse chocolate, the menu was presented by the award-winning restaurant of the Zagorje hotel Villa Magdalena and chef Mislav Božić. The guests, including nine Swiss journalists and bloggers, were delighted by the seemingly incompatible – Zagorje cuisine and Istrian wines. The wine part of the story was taken care of by famous winemakers Ravallico with excellent sparkling wine Brigi, Marijan Arman with young Malvasia Gcru, champion of this year’s Vinistra and Muscat White, vintage 2017, and Tomaz with aged Teran Barbarossa from 2015.That wine is one of the strongest assets of Istria was once again confirmed by the great atmosphere and attendance on the first day of the jubilee Vinistra.It used to be black, and then came the shadesThanks to the synergy and partnership of the public and private sector, today wine is an Istrian brand, and Istria has world wines, it was pointed out at the round Wine and Istria – yesterday, today, tomorrowIt used to be just black i bilo, and then the nuances came… Thus, on the eve of the jubilee 25th Vinistra in the Parentium Plava Laguna Hotel, an interesting round table began with the participation of Istrian Prefect Valter Flego, Member of the European Parliament Ivan Jakovčić, Member of Parliament Boris Miletić, former sommelier club president Veljko Ostojić , the Mayor of Poreč Loris Peršurić and three renowned Istrian winemakers Gianfranco Kozlović, Ivica Matošević and Nikola Benvenuti.Ivan Jakovčić said that the name Vinistra was created quite by accident, back in 1993, and its author is Duško Gortan. “Only a few months after the name was created, the first Vinistra was modestly opened, which grew from a small wine exhibition into the most important wine event in the region. Today, Istria has world wines that deserve their place in the world’s top restaurants”, Concluded Jakovčić.Matosevic and Kozlovic said that in the XNUMXs, when they started, they did not know how the story of wine would develop. They worked in silence, with great respect for their Italian and Slovenian neighbors, renowned wine countries. “Today, after 25 years, we have great wines, and this is confirmed by the arrival of the legendary Steven Spurrier at this year’s Vinistra, who was delighted with our Malvasia and the different styles of our winemakers.”, Matosevic pointed out.Veljko Ostojić recalled the early XNUMXs when Vladimir Borošić, the former owner of Zagreb’s Bornstein Wine Shop, brutally told him that Istrian wines were the bottom of Croatian wines. “Today we are at the top of Croatia, but also of the region. 25 years ago we all embraced one very important task. It wasn’t just doing the project. Wine is an integral part of our life, Istrian lifestyle, part of our DNA and it had to be shaped into a product. A sommelier club was launched, through education and thanks to such a professional approach we are at the top today”, Concluded Ostojic.Boris Miletić rhetorically wondered if it might be harder today when Istria is at the top, than 25 years ago when there was a lot of room for the development of viticulture and winemaking. “Additional work needs to be done on brand development. There’s that saying – we’re too small to be average! Wine is not only part of our identity, but also pride. We need to invest more in education, direct more money to the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism and the Agricultural School. We are known for the Istrian community and as we stick together I am convinced of the future and success”, Said Miletic.”Istria has done a lot and we can no longer stop. We have to push further and that was the reason to make the Strategy for the development of Istrian winemaking until 2030, which is in the final phase. The strategy will help us maintain our leading position in Croatia and the region. We must also take into account that in Istria there is a change of generations and not everyone will always continue the family tradition. Some wineries will also be sold, in which case it is very important that whoever buys them plays by our rules”, Said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra.The mayor of Poreč agreed with that, pointing out that everyone in Istria and Poreč must book for Vinistra in the second week of May, and this can be seen in the excellent announcements for this weekend when 20 percent more tourists are expected. Valter Flego concluded that the sun and the sea are no longer enough, and guests who come to Istria in a high third or fourth place cite the eno-gastronomic offer as the motive for their arrival.After a round table on the terrace of the Parentium Plava Laguna hotel at the B2B meeting of Istrian winemakers with distributors, tourist workers, owners of wine shops and restaurants and sommelier, Istrian wines were tasted, which best showed where Istria is 25 years later.And the whole story about Vinista as a positive argument that association and synergy through clusters / associations is the only real path to strategic and sustainable development, read in the attachment.NIKOLA BENVENUTI, VINISTRA: ISTRIAN WINERS HAVE LONG RECOGNIZED THE STRENGTH OF THE BRAND, THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY AND ASSOCIATION FOR POSITIONING ON THE WINE MAP OF THE WORLDlast_img read more

The best game of Malachi Richardson’s career was painfully incomplete

first_img Published on January 6, 2016 at 12:34 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Related Stories Mike Hopkins after loss to Clemson: ‘I’m not a loser’Fast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 74-73 overtime loss to ClemsonSyracuse community reacts to loss against ClemsonGrade Syracuse’s performance against Clemson and vote for the player of the game The whole Carrier Dome counted down the final seconds of the shot clock. The whole Syracuse bench stood and yelled at Malachi Richardson to shoot. The whole game had, to that point, boiled into a one-possession battle in the final minutes and the freshman was trapped in the corner with no other options but to throw a prayer at the rim.So that’s what he did, and his turnaround fadeaway jumper arced toward the stadium’s ceiling before swishing through the net. He turned to the bench and yelled back at them, his celebration answering their panic. And after Clemson sunk two free throws and Richardson earned a pair of foul shots of his own, he again had the game at his fingertips with 18 seconds left in regulation.Richardson calmly made the first free throw, bumping the Orange’s lead to three. Then the Tigers called a timeout and Richardson’s game-sealing free-throw attempt rolled off the rim. Clemson raced down the court, worked the ball around and Gabe DeVoe hit a game-tying 3 to force overtime. Five minutes later, Clemson (9-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 74-73 win over SU (10-6, 0-3) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.One moment the freshman was the hero. The next moment, he wasn’t.“If I make the free throw, the second free throw after the timeout, we win the game,” Richardson said in a hushed voice after the game. “I gave them a chance, they nailed a 3, took it to overtime, we didn’t get enough stops, and they were able to win the game. It was a close one that we gave away out there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor 39 minutes — before the acrobatic 3, missed free throw at the end of regulation and eventual Tigers win — Richardson flashed his latent potential without making “freshman” mistakes. He’d made 3-of-10 shots, but was 3-of-5 from 3. He had nine rebounds, which he finished with and is a career-high, including a clutch offensive board with two minutes left that earned him two shots at the line.But he’ll mostly remember his 16th career game for what he didn’t do, even if he added a 3 in overtime and scored a career-high 21 points on his 20th birthday. The missed free throw is why his eyes stayed on the ground as he answered questions from a crowd of reporters after the game. The miss free throw will be his most important shot of his young career until he has another chance to give SU the conference win that’s eluded it so far.And with the way this season has gone, with Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney demanding attention at all times, Richardson may not have to wait long for that opportunity.“You learn from it. It’s tough, I mean, he hasn’t been in that situation before in his life,” Cooney said. “He’s a big-time player and he’ll be in that situation again, and I guarantee he knocks it down next time.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Elaborate strategy revealed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He was being held in lieu of $1.1 million bail, based on evidence that he stalked neighbors, his ex-wife and her family, her lawyers, the company that evicted him and its lawyers. He also had collected personal information on these targets, described in detail in notes from his surveillance, Nordskog said. The sheriff’s investigation started Aug. 15, after Komonyi barricaded himself in the Ironstone Drive condo to battle his pending eviction. Bottles of chemicals later found to be cleaning solutions and gasoline mixtures were discovered in the attic, along with an array of electrical devices, Nordskog said. Komonyi had ripped out electrical and plumbing systems, leaving some $50,000 in damage. Later, repair crews trying to fix the damage found the homemade explosives built into the walls and floors, Nordskog said. The heating element from a coffee maker – a device that can become white-hot – was rigged to the elaborate system of wires and bottled chemicals. They believed the system was to be triggered by a delayed incendiary device. “The theory is that someone would have to come in and repair the wires and when they recharged the power to the home at some point in the future or turned on the furnace, there was going to be an ignition of the heating element, which would heat up the bottles, that would catch on fire and spread flames through the floors and walls,” he said. “It was pretty ingenious.” CANYON COUNTRY – A man described as “brilliant but crazy” was charged this week with 19 felonies, the culmination of a six-month investigation that began with the discovery of booby-trapped wiring in his Canyon Country home and ended in a search that netted meticulous surveillance notes along with weapons, night-vision equipment and disguises. Tim Komonyi, 36, stands accused of implanting a sophisticated explosives system within the walls and floors of the condominium he had shared with his wife until he was forcibly evicted in their divorce, said sheriff’s Detective Ed Nordskog, an arson and explosives expert who called the suspect “brilliant but crazy.” “We think he was a month away from killing people,” Nordskog said. “He was getting increasingly bizarre and dangerous.” Komonyi was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that range from attempted murder to vandalism, and from stalking to making terrorist threats, but the hearing was postponed until March 8. Komonyi had made frequent threats that he would blow up the condo or “burn it to the ground before he gave it up,” Nordskog said. Over months, detectives built their case against Komonyi, linking bizarre cases of vandalism in Canyon Country, the San Gabriel Valley and the San Fernando Valley. The Woodland Hills office of the ex-wife’s lawyer, the Glendora office of the property company that bought the condo, and its lawyers’ Monrovia office building were pelted with glass marbles fired from a slingshot, which caused untold damage to glass facades. Graffiti was found inside some of the offices, naming the targets, and a fire burned at the Glendora location, Nordskog said. Meanwhile, neighbors and others were victims of similar vandalism, some also reporting their auto tires slashed with what Nordskog said appeared to be a dagger. As detectives sought a warrant to search the Sylmar home Komonyi shares with his mother, their suspect was arrested Jan. 23 by San Fernando police on suspicion of burglary and stalking in a related case. A subsequent search netted the detailed handwritten notes, wigs, Halloween-type hooded masks, a slingshot and glass marbles, a pellet gun, a dagger, night-vision equipment, surgical gloves, a microcasette recorder, digital cameras and maps to the victims’ homes, Nordskog said. Also found were diagrams of the condominium, marking the locations of the incendiary devices. “There were detailed notes very similar to what police officers keep on surveillance,” he said. “They had dates, times, locations. In those notes, he talks about wearing disguises and following his wife and her sister to try to get dirt. “He’s absolutely dangerous as hell.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more