This is Fliss, Tim’s wife, writing the blog.
33 of us have assembled in lovely Ljubljana, where the weather was kind to us on the first night. We enjoyed the stroll beside the river from our hotel to Manna restaurant where Dado introduced us to our wines: a pink fizz, our first ‘orange wine’ (more on this in subsequent posts, a more conventional white blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Malvasia, and a Merlot/Pinot Noir blend.
Luc explained our choice of menu: the fish options was a tartare, followed by a ravioli, followed by John Dory and a chocolate fondant to die for. Meat enthusiasts had smoked duck breast, ravioli in veal cheeks, and then Iberian Pata Negra pork, finishing with a deconstructed strudel. The words I’ve just written don’t do justice to how delicious it all was, as the picture of us chowing down attests – I will put some more picturesque shots in subsequent posts!
In his opening remarks Tim explained that this is an unusually large group, Slovenia turning out to be a far more popular choice for people this year than he had expected, given two tours ran last year. So we are splitting into two groups each day for the winery visits, and I will be leading one of them. Luckily there are a lot of people with a lot of experience of Tim’s tours in the party, so I am sure I will be reminded of the key instructions I need to give people!
Tomorrow we head north east, to Maribor and the Šentilj hills in the Podravje region. The weather looks a little scary with the chance of thunderstorms, but we are in great spirits!