Blue Ice sells Italy's Valpanera Wines

Blue Ice sells Italy's Valpanera Wines

Valpanera Winery grants exclusive importer and distributor rights to Blue Ice

During the past few months we have been cultivating a relationship with the wine makers at Valpanera Winery in Trieste, Italy. We are excited to announce they have granted us exclusive importer and distributor rights. We represent Valpanera in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Minnesota.

Bringing An Old Varietal to the United States for a New Beginning

Our continued goal is to bring under represented, yet high quality wines to new audiences in the United States. Working with Valpanera helps us to do just that. We already supply varietals autochthonous to the region such as Malvazija, Plavac Mali, and Pošip. Through our partnership with Valpanera, we are now adding Refosco, another native varietal to the region. This addition to our growing portfolio ensures that it will continue to represent the best varietals from this part of the world.

We could not be more pleased to announce the beginning of our partnership with Valpanera and the introduction of their wines to the US market place. We feel that the wines from Valpanera are an excellent addition to our offerings and we are excited to share them with wine lovers here in the United States!

SS Rex

SS Rex

Learn more about the SS Rex, a fascinating ship with an equally compelling story, while enjoying a wonderfully refreshing glass of Vinakoper Rex sparkling white wine. The liner was sunk during WW II in a portion of a harbor allocated to Yugoslavia. The remains of Rex - about one third of the ship, including double bottom, boilers, and engines - are located off the Slovenian coast in the Gulf of Koper.

Croatian Beaches

Croatian Beaches

A fantastic article from CNN about some of the best beach destinations in Croatia. If you are planning a trip and need ideas for great sight seeing in Croatia, then this is a must read. They may not always be easy to get to but it is always worth the effort. You will find information and tips on where to go to escape the crowds, swim, SCUBA dive, view stunning vistas, bike, hike, and even find dinosaur bones!

Click the link below to read the article.

11 of Croatia's Best Beaches - Mike Dunphy, CNN

Croatian Wine Tasting 10/26/17

Croatian Wine Tasting 10/26/17

At our wine tasting event last Thursday, guests enjoyed seven different Croatian wines with typical Croatian food pairings. Our wine offerings showcased a mix of wine styles and varietals.

Thanks to our friends at Erik The Red Bar for the fantastic set up and great service! It was a great evening and we appreciate everything that you did to make it so!

We were so happy to share our Croatian wine with our wine tasting guests and all of us at Blue Ice are excited to be introducing these wines to Minnesota.

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Istria Voted 2017 Best Wine Region

Istria Voted 2017 Best Wine Region

Istria was recently voted “wine region of the year” by Munskänkarna, one of the largest non-profit wine associations in the world...

Rizman

Rizman

A Winery with a Long History and a Bright Future

The Rizman Winery, based in the Southern Dalmatia region, is owned by the Stimac family and founded in the early 1900’s. The winery dates back to 1918 and over the years, the Stimac family has added acreage so that today’s total cultivation is more than 80 hectares (about 200 acres). Much of the acreage is adjacent to the Adriatic Sea and increases to about 800 feet above sea level. The vineyards face south and southeast, and benefit from the gentle winds rolling off the Adriatic Sea...

The Magnificent Malvasia

The Magnificent Malvasia

Malvasia is a group of wine grape varieties grown historically in the Mediterranean region including Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Portugal and was introduced to California growers several years ago. Today, there are over 30 different types of Malvasia and these grapes produce white table wines, dessert wines and fortified wines...

A Taste of Croatia

A Taste of Croatia

Given Croatia’s location in Europe, its food has many influences. Like its wines, Croatian traditional foods can be divided into two major regions – Coastal and Continental.
 
Coastal Croatian food is influenced by its proximity to Italy with an emphasis on seafood, pastas and fresh vegetables with heavy doses of olive oil and herbs and spices...

Franc Arman

Franc Arman

167 years of family owned wine making

The Franc Arman Winery, in Istria in northwest Croatia, was established in 1850.  Still a family owned business, led by Franc and Oliver Arman, the winery spans 20 acres, and produces indigenous Malvezija and Teran wines, along with international varietals, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Merlot.

Franc Arman’s white wines are stored in stainless steel tanks, and the red wines are stored in oak barrels in a newly renovated wine cellar 16 feet underground...

The Plavic Mali Grape and its Origin

The Plavic Mali Grape and its Origin

Plavic Mali is an indigenous Croatian varietal grape grown along the Dalmatian coast.  The grape originates from the Crljenak Kastelanski and Dobricic grapes and is known for its richness and full flavor...

Brief history of Croatia and its wine

Brief history of Croatia and its wine

Croatia is an old world producer of wines. The Greeks introduced wine to the country around 2,200 BC and winemaking has flourished ever since, despite invasions, occupations, world wars, the rise of Communism, and internal conflicts...

Wine Tasting

May 11, 2017

An evening of tasting specialty wines from Croatia

Blue Ice is hosting a wine tasting at one of our favorite spots in town, the Truth Bar. The space there is perfect for our guests to enjoy samples of wines that we will be importing to the United States very soon.