An unavoidable place for everyone who is serious about wine – 5. Vinart Grand Tasting

first_img“We want to show the richness of Croatian wine production to prominent wine connoisseurs, and thus slowly position Croatia on the wine map of the world. We have invested a lot to gather important experts here and we are sure that the word about Croatian wines will resonate in the world. ” – says Špiranec. Of course, private visitors are also welcome who, by purchasing a daily ticket, get an insight into the best of Croatian wine production, and a voucher that they can use in the Pop-up Wine Shop at the fair or for transport home by taxi. Tickets are sold on fair days at the entrance to Lauba.Vinart Grand Tasting is open to visitors on Friday and Saturday from 12-19 p.m. An unavoidable place for all those who seriously want to deal with wine and this year for two days becomes Zagreb’s Lauba – a house for people and art – on March 6 and 7, which will host about a hundred Croatian and twenty foreign wineries on Vinart Grand Tasting promenade wine tasting. This edition is also specific in that the organizer will bring a larger group of foreign journalists from all over the world, along with a large number of domestic journalists who report on novelties in the world of winemaking. In order to spread the word about the quality of Croatian wines around the world and to open the possibility of concluding export deals to winemakers, Špiranec invited one of the biggest stars Caroline Gilby, holder of the title of Master of Wine, British, who is an associate and one of the Chairmen at Decanter World Wine Awards.  “We always strive for excellence, so we want to encourage Croatian caterers to pay more attention to the choice of wine that they will have to offer in their restaurant. Therefore, we chose good wines for them from all Croatian regions, in different price ranges, and enabled them to try them in one place. Therefore, from year to year we care about the quality of content, business atmosphere and overall experience. ” – said the author of the project Saša Špiranec, recently the third Croatian judge at Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s most important annual wine evaluation. The fair is held at a time when wines from the previous harvest are ready for presentation, and most restaurants on the coast begin preparations for the new tourist season, so in one place meet caterers, F&B managers, traders, distributors and sommelier. This is an invitation fair, so only wineries that have received an invitation from the organizers can participate, and the criterion for obtaining an invitation is only quality.Visitors are also given a unique opportunity to get to know winemakers and members of their families and employees in wineries. In the occasional Pop-up Vinots each visitor can supplement their home archive or enrich it with a new one.last_img read more

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West Genesee boys swimmers go 2-1, beat Syracuse, Oswego

first_imgScharoun, for his part, tore to first in the 100 backstroke in 58.25 seconds, also taking second in the 50 freestyle in 23.87 seconds and helping Shuron, Cameron Chao and John Lyons go 1:51.57 in the 200 medley relay.Also getting a 1-2 finish in diving, the Wildcats had Justin Byrne earn 256.65 points and David Puma get 232.85 points as Lyons was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.18.Two days later, it was WG traveling to Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA for a three-team meet that also included Oswego. Head-to-head against the Red Rams, the Wildcats took a 103-82 defeat, but it defeated the Buccaneers 88-63.McMahon and Shuronwon still two races apiece, McMahon going 1:54.32 in the 200 freestyle and 5:08.16 to take the 500 freestyle as Shuron swam the 200 IM in 2:16.55 and went 58.26 seconds to win the 100 butterfly.Scharoun, second in the 100 freestyle in 52.83 seconds, did take the 100 backstroke in 1:03.87 and helped Shuron, McMahon and Chase Foresti win the 200 medley relay in 1:45.49.In a diving showdown, Byrne picked up 261.70 points, Puma 241.25 points and Bryan Reichert 221.50 points, but all trailed the 307.15 points from J-D/CBA’s Lucas Dekaney, who has already qualified for the state meet.Byrne would then contend for top honors at Saturday’s Burgos Memorial Diving Invitational. His total of 443.70 points topped everyone except Dekaney, who won with 477.95 points.Puma did well, too, earning fourth place by accumulating 399.90 points. Reichert finished ninth with 354.95 points as Parker McIlroy was 15th and Kyle Collins 29th.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys swimmingWest Genesee With two meets against three different opponents in a 48-hour span, the West Genesee boys swim team wrapped up its regular season.First, the Wildcats took on Syracuse City last Tuesday at Nottingham High School, to where it will return on Feb. 13 and 15 for the Section III championships.WG defeated Syracuse 95-86, led by Ryan McMahon and Alex Shuron, who won two races apiece.center_img McMahon swam the 200-yard freestyle in one minute, 55.15 seconds, getting first-place points even though Westhill’s Vincent Tarolli, who swims with Syracuse, did 1:50.64.Later, in the 500 freestyle, McMahon went 5:04.03 to Tarolli’s 5:07.09, and he also paired with Keegan Scharoun, Nate Long and Josh Goshow to go 3:54.21 in the 400 freestyle relay.As for Shuron, he was first in the 200 individual medley in 2:16.68 before dominating the 100 butterfly, winning that race in 57.71 seconds.last_img read more

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Too few young Clippers to play all those old Spurs

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The few, the proud, the Clippers …It’s hard to tell who the old guys are in this series. Six Spurs are in their 30s including Tim Duncan, who’ll be 39 for Game 4; Manu Ginobili, 37; and Tony Parker, 32, assuming that was him getting outscored 52-11 by Chris Paul in Games 1 and 2.The Clippers are the athletic, highlight-reel team with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, both 26, and CP3, 29.Happily for the Spurs, just when they were about to be thrown on the garbage heap of NBA history — starting in 2008 when CP3’s New Orleans Hornets stunned them in the second round — they built a new, young team around their venerable Big Three. Unhappily for the Clippers, they’re still working on a supporting cast for their dynamic, young Big Three.Remember those posters coach Doc Rivers put up of his players, covering the Laker banners?If you look up there now, you see the starting five flanked by Jamal Crawford and some bearded guy I didn’t recognize right off.Oh, right, that’s Spencer Hawes. I didn’t recognize him without his ponytail.He was supposed to be an important piece, but it didn’t turn out that way. Four Clippers went 43 minutes or more in Wednesday’s overtime loss, but Hawes didn’t get on the floor.center_img And those, effectively, are your 2014-15 Clippers.However this series goes — and no, it’s not over, defeatist as Clippers tradition and Lakers fans would like to be — it’s not the old guys who are undermanned, seeing as how they have so much in the way of reinforcements.In Game 2, when the defending NBA champions walked the edge of a razor, their bench played 103 minutes to the Clipper reserves’ 47.Take out Ginobili and Crawford, who are essentially starters coming off the bench, and the Spurs’ reserves played 81 minutes to the Clippers’ 26, outscoring them 39-6.Rivers has a lot of ways to handle questions about his bench, including turning the pre-Game 1 media session into comedy standup when it started off with three questions about his bench.“Maybe we’re exaggerating the importance of the bench,” began the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke, about to ask another.“Apparently,” said Rivers, laughing. “That’s four questions.”Solutions require something more, like clearing out most of their reserves and getting better ones. Rivers hasn’t been able to and won’t get another shot until summer.So what happened to get the Clippers into this predicament?Two things. Rivers was a veteran coach but, effectively, a rookie GM when he arrived in 2013.Rivers took over a skeleton staff, owner Donald T. Sterling’s interpretation of lean and mean.The summer before, they lost GM Neil Olshey after letting his contract run out. Sterling, typically, put off any thought about an extension — this was the guy who had just landed CP3 — only to see Portland’s Paul Allen swoop in and hire him away.That summer, a committee handled personnel: coach Vinny del Negro, team president Andy Roeser, newly promoted GM Gary Sacks, and, in effect, CP3 as lead recruiter.By the way, they did great, signing Crawford, Barnes, Lamar Odom, Grant Hill and fielding the NBA’s highest-scoring bench.Rivers’ early choices — surely with help from CP3 — looked solid but didn’t turn out that way.When they made good ones — signing Darren Collison — they wound up with nothing to show for it.Collison backed up Paul brilliantly, but with Glen Davis, who’s really 6-7 3/4, forced to spell Jordan, the priority was a backup center, preferably one with shooting range.Hawes looked perfect, having just averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and made 40 percent of his 3-pointers starting in Philadelphia.Well, he was perfect until he got here and his game went missing.“I’ve seen guys have horrible regular seasons and then break out in the playoffs,” said Rivers in March. “We still believe in him, just like the other 20 teams that wanted to sign him in the league.”It was worse than that. To get the money to sign Hawes, they had to cut Collison.To replace Collison, they signed Jordan Farmar, coming off his second Laker stint in which he reportedly alienated everyone on the staff.That was a non-starter, or at least a non-finisher. Farmar was cut Jan. 16.Rivers then brought in his son, a quirky hire since Austin wasn’t a point guard or a veteran with an established game.Rivers now has former assistants Dave Wohl (who worked under Doc in Orlando and Boston) and Kevin Eastman in the front office.So it’s a skeleton staff no longer, nor is there a rookie personnel guy in charge.Aside from that, the challenge remains.last_img read more

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