Viniculture for Vagabonds

February 28, 2016

Hotel stays yield surprisingly amazing wine selections and edification.

Fresh off a series of flights to Dubrovnik, and plunked down along Croatia’s glittering shoreline, I’m bleary-eyed but starving and thirsty. When the option to eat and drink in the lobby bar at Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel is presented, I don’t assume the wine list will be curated with gems hand-picked by a sommelier. Nor do I expect to be impressed. This is a hotel bar, after all.

Fast forward two hours, full belly and all, and I’ve just had a crash course in Croatian wines—along with beers—and picked up some…