A conversation with a local.
I have been back on the continent now about 4 days and it has truly been amazing. I knew I had to get back and now that I am here, definitely not disappointed. It was the right decision. The adrenaline rush is still there and the excitement. Seeing the places like Hvar today and now Korcula have made it truly real. Krka National Park was awe inspiring and tomorrow, another adventure, but what has made this return more special are the people and today is no exception.
I have been with colleagues and enjoyed some walking tours, but once away from the walking tours, and wandering on my own with a friend here and there, found a little wine shop that opened just last year. While I have not been enjoying as much wine lately, I thought it would be nice to stop in and talk with a local in his shop and his name is Mark, maybe even Marko as this is Korcula and the legend or history of Marko Polo being born on this island. I also know a bit of history of the Zinfandel grape as I have written in the past. It did not originate in Italy (Primitivo), but in Croatia and is known I believe as the Dingac varietal, among other names.
Mark proceeded to tell us about the varietals here in this region of south Dalmatia and specifically Korcula and the connection to America and Gringic, and the Zinfandel grape being transported to California. He shared with us his passion for the wine and I was thrilled to have found this little wine shop where not only did he tell the stories, tasted a little wine as well. We spent about an hour chatting about the wines and life in general and to me, that is the best and most amazing part of travel, meeting the locals and getting to know them which closes the gaps in the differences and extends the similarities. There were even wines that after being aged in oak were put in the water to age some more.
Of course, we bought a couple of bottles and he even offered us a Grappa complimentary. Thank you Mark for your hospitality and that of Wine Corner Korcula, so the Wandering Puffin recommends highly that you make a stop in here to meet this wonderful small business owner and try and buy some of his local wines. It is worth the stop and a very short walk from the pier.
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