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Croatian wine makes New York Times’ top 20 under $20 list

New York Times 20 under $20 features Croatian wine

The New York Times regularly provide their readers with help in choosing a quality wine which is reasonably priced via their popular 20 under $20 columns. 

Their latest column focused on ‘Weeknight wines’, described as wines which are enjoyed after settling in at home after a long day at work. 

“Ideally they are not too expensive. They are not complicated, nor do they require hours in a decanter. If you wanted to drink the wines from juice glasses, that would be fine, though good stemmed glasses would be better,” The Times wine critic Eric Asimov writes, adding that the wines can be full of character and can express a place, a vision and a culture just as fancy bottles left to age for years might do. 

Asimov says that wines that can do that and still be inexpensive are great weekday wines before listing 20 bottles, each under $20. 

The list features one wine from Croatia, the Bibich Riserva 6 from Bibich winery which is located in the secluded village of Plastovo, above Skradin on the Dalmatian coast. 

Bibich winery (Photo: Bibich)

The winery, which is over 500 years old, is owned by one of Croatia’s leading winemakers Alen Bibich.  

This is how the wine was described in the New York Times.  

Bibich Riserva 6 North Dalmatia 2016 $19.99

The phrase “Mediterranean wines” rarely conjures up Croatia, but the country has a gorgeous coastline along the Adriatic Sea, made notable by the beautiful cities of Split and Dubrovnik. Alen Bibic of Bibich makes wine in the region of Skradin north of Split, focusing on indigenous grapes, like this blend of babic, plavina and lasin. It’s deliciously spicy, with just a touch of oak. (Blue Danube, Los Altos Hills, Calif.) 

Bibich Riserva 6 (Photo: Bibich)

You can see the complete New York Times 20 under $20 Weeknight wines list here. 


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