Neckties and wine. Croatia may be better known for its long coast along the sparkling green Adriatic and its tumultuous, 1,000-year-long history, but, when I think of Croatia, I think of neckties and wine.
Malvasia Istriana one of the superstars of the Croatian wine world, was not exaggerating or oversimplifying the 20th to 21st century history of Istria, a wedge-shaped peninsula in the northeastern Adriatic Sea.
I had arrived in Zagreb a week earlier to meet five fellow seasoned travelers to explore some of Croatia's incredible outdoor activities and culinary delights. We were looking forward to the stunning countryside, preserved parks and gastronomic specialties.