Pink Day 2017

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I believe I can freely state I am the bearer of Pink Day, as I have been following it since the first day until today. It is a wine festival which I am especially fond of. Naturally due to the rosé, as one of the first great G.E.T. stories was about rosé wines.

It all began as an idea of a wine festival that will be somewhat different, more relaxed and where only rosé wines will be served. There were many people who thought it would last a year or two, but luckily they were wrong.

Today, Pink Day is more than just a wine festival.

Pink Day has become a movement. It has become a cult. That day in the year when we think pink. The audience, presenters, everyone tries to have a pink detail in their styling on that day. The atmosphere of the festival can’t be found anywhere else! Simply, that one day everything is pink. At any moment when you look around yourself on Pink Day, you can see many wonderful people, many young people and especially women.

Yes, I dare to claim: Pink Day is no longer just a wine festival. Pink Day has become a movement.

Naturally, it has its expert side, devoted to wine and olive oil. Just like every year, this one offered several exceptional workshops to learn something new. If you missed it, come next year.

We cannot say this festival is big, but it is not small. Just right. Mimara Museum is a wonderful space – all the winemakers are in one room, no need to look for them, while the bar terrace is spot on – where everyone hangs out, maybe even more than in the festival room, naturally, all with rosé glasses in hand. I hope that space never changes.

At Pink Day, within a special segment – Green in Pink, there was the opportunity to taste several very good olive oils, from the Istrian Salvela to the Korčula oilery Blato 1902, but we go there primarily for the roses.

This year, as usual, at the very entrance to the festival room, was the Plešivica-Zelina crew with their sparklings, joined this year by the Međimurje and Moslavina teams. To study this sparkling zone, it takes courage, as there are many and all are good.

When you pass this zone and look from the top of the stairs, a kingdom or rosés opens up. One gets the urge to jump in, like a rock star, into the crowd, but soon you realise you will fall to the floor, so you make your way down the stairs.

It is impossible to find a wine at this festival which is off. As a rule, the quality of wine is truly high, everything else is a matter of taste.

I will single out only a few, which my palate especially liked, at least on that day. Sparklings, overall all excellent, although my favourites were Barun and Šember rosé, which does not diminish the quality of sparklings by Kosova Anita, Kurtalj or Kolarić. I also found the sparkling by DK Winery, the Griffin to have the value of an authentic variety, but Barun and Šember were better by a nuance. The Tomaz winery sparkling rosé was the most pleasant sparkling discovery of this year. Excellent, truly recommended!

There were, of course, many still rosés. Along with the standard good wines, such as Korta Katarina, Kolar and Medea, we tasted wines from Andro Tomić and Frankovka from Ilok Cellars, Agrolaguna rosé… Naturally, I can’t list them all, and there are more good ones. Let’s note that great progress has been made by the boys from Moslavina, Florijanović and Ilovčak.

There were also excellent rosés form other countries. Special attention should be paid to the Kadarka rosé by the Tonković winery. If you are looking for the Provence type rosé made locally, then look for the Zvonko Bogdan winery; an excellent rosé.

A selection of rosés was also presented by importers: I will single out the sparkling Puro by the Movia winery, but our articles mostly promote domestic winemakers.

Three wines still linger in my memory – two from Istria and one from Dalmatia. Rosé Tomaz, excellent, fresh full fruit taste… Wonderful! The same for rosé Deklić – fantastic, fresh, fruity: wonderfully balanced wine. The Opolo by Rak winery has a mighty wine, if it had a slightly stronger colour, no one would place it with rosés. They are my three favourites of Pink Day.

Another matter I want to share with you. Somehow it always happens that on Pink Day it is a lovely, sunny day. In fact, as if lovely weather begins with it. This, naturally, causes changes in clothing – we all arrive slightly lighter dressed. It is a time when boots are put away, replaced with lighter shoes. Pink Day is, probably, the event of the year when the fireworks of colours begin with high heels. Maybe you haven’t paid attention to it, but it somehow caught my eye. My ladies, you were all wonderful, but I believe the title of the finest Pink Day lady this year belongs to Stefana Tomaz.

As I said, Pink Day is becoming a movement. WOW girls, I kiss your hands and bow to the floor. See you next year!

Additional information on Pink Day and a complete list of presenters can be found on the official festival website:

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