This is exactly what Saša Špiranc, the author of the concept and the organizer of the event, Vinart Grand Tasting (VGT), managed to do. This year, in its third edition, he delighted with the organization and performance. “We envisioned Vinart Grand Tasting as a place where all wine professionals and lovers of fine wines gather once a year. Where one will choose wines for their restaurants and shops, and the other will fill the home archive with those that particularly impressed them”, Pointed out Špiranec. And when foreign sommeliers buy 25 bottles of wine for their market at one such event, then it is certainly the most important wine event in Lijepa naša. And that’s exactly what happened for the weekend in Lauba as part of Vinart Grand Tasting. Croatian wines delighted the Japanese sommelier, who sends home 25 Croatian bottles of wine. At a similar fair in France, where our companies exhibited in the organization of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, our wines were met by the Japanese Takahiro Ichihara. He is a sommelier who travels the world and is looking for interesting wines for Japanese distributor Azuma Corporation. RELATED NEWS: SAŠA ŠPIRANEC: WINERS MUST BE ORGANIZED IN FOUR GREAT ASSOCIATIONS: SLAVONIA, DALMATIA, ISTRIA AND KVARNER, AND HILLY CROATIA This year, 100 best Croatian winemakers and another 20 from abroad exhibited at VGT, ie a total of 120 winemakers. “We select winemakers by quality, this is an invitational festival, so we send people invitations with the desire to gather the highest possible quality in one place. We are focused primarily on the profession, sommelier, distributors and the media, which we strive to introduce to the best of what Croatian winemakers offer.”, Added Špiranec and added that this year they also have a Pop-Up Wine Shop where visitors can immediately buy wines that they like at the tasting. It is a unique wine event, based on quality, with multiple goals of promoting winemakers and the world of wine, but also encouraging the development of wine culture in Croatia, and primarily intended primarily for professionals, caterers and sommelier. It is also a place where visitors can get and get the most out of the Croatian wine market in one place. Croatian wines delighted Japanese sommelier, bought 25 thousand bottles of wine for the Japanese market As before, Vinart Grand Tasting is just the main finale of this great wine story, which was preceded by a series of events and attractive workshops with current topics from the wine world. The title of the most important wine event in Lijepa i our Croatia, as our famous designer Boris Ljubičić would say, is not easy to earn, and even harder to justify and confirm for two years in a row. He fell in love with Croatian wines at the first tasting, and now, thanks to him, over 25.000 bottles of our wines are going to Japan, which is how they came to the wine lists of the ten most popular restaurants in Tokyo. “At first I was won over by Dingač, and now I am getting to know more and more wines from other parts of Croatia. Your wines are fantastic, quality and very diverse. It’s amazing that such a small country offers so much, and Japanese buyers know how to appreciate itSaid Ichihara. Dražen Dennis Šunjić, who lives in London and has been dealing with wines for 20 years, was also at VGT. “I work for one of the largest distribution companies in the UK that imports wines from all over the world. Croatia and such fairs are increasingly popular among foreign experts because they are tired of classics. They want to discover and try new things, and as Croatia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Britain, our wines are certainly part of that story. Our indigenous varieties are exotic to them and are very interesting to buyers and sommelier in the UK, so more and more of them come here to see what we offer”Said Sunjic, adding that wine culture in our hotels and restaurants is slowly but surely improving.
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Tommy O’Donnell has saluted the role Munster coach Rob Penney has played in his breakthrough season that he hopes will end with a debut for Ireland. The 25-year-old flanker was voted Munster’s player of the year for 2012-13 on the strength of several outstanding performances, and having been selected for Ireland’s tour to North America he is on the brink of winning his first cap – even if Penney does believe he should be on the British and Irish Lions tour. “Rob would be a bit biased because he sees me every day, but it’s great to have his confidence,” O’Donnell said. “He’s like that as a coach – he just wants you to go out and have a lash, and that’s what I did this year. He backed me all the way.” Press Association O’Donnell added: “He’s coached Richie McCaw so knows what the back row is about. He also played there himself. “It was a real honour to get the player-of-the-year award at Munster. I didn’t really think about what it meant until the awards night itself. “When you hear the names of the lads who won it, you realise what a prestigious award it is. It meant a lot to me and was a great confidence boost.” O’Donnell hopes to make his name in the Tests against the United States and Canada as the squad prepares to depart Dublin on Saturday, with the first match staged in Houston on June 8. “It will be a new experience for me. I’ve been involved in under-age tours but this is something completely different. It has a different feel to it,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be capped and everything will go well with me on the tour, but we can’t take the United States for granted. They’ve pumped a whole lot of money into their sevens team, which is getting better and better. “They have players who are based in Europe, so they have some quality guys who can mix it at world level. It will be tough. Canada will be the same – both are very direct teams who will be looking for a scalp.”
The England defender was one of the players immediately linked with a summer transfer following the departure of boss David Moyes to Manchester United. However, the 28-year-old is eager to start work on a new philosophy under Martinez and believes he and his team-mates can make it effective at Goodison Park. One of the criticisms of Martinez is that he did not win enough games at Wigan and despite lifting the FA Cup he took the team down after eight years in the Premier League. But Baines looks at the Spaniard’s work far more positively, and said: “He was one of the first names linked with the job and the feeling straight away was he would be a great appointment.” Press Association Everton defender Leighton Baines is looking forward to working with new manager Roberto Martinez and believes the quality of the Toffees’ squad will give the Spaniard every chance of success. He added: “He has a different style to what we have been used to but I think it is progressive and it will move us forward. It is also exciting for the players to be able to try that now. “The style in general appeals to a lot of people. Wigan were a great side to watch – they just didn’t win enough games. “But the manager will be working with some better players here and he will be looking forward to that as well now, being able to put his plan out there. “We have got good players at the club who could probably execute the style of play better than the players he’s worked with before, without being disrespectful to them. “He might have a little bit more confidence in the players – I am sure he had confidence in the players he had then but here are some really top players he can look forward to working with. “We have time to work on it, whether it is a different style of play or whether the formation changes. “By the time we kick the first ball of the season we will be well-versed on what he wants to do.”
The 18-year-old winger made a big impression at the start of last season but his progression has since been hampered by some well publicised off-field issues. Quoted in the Daily Mail, Rodgers said: “He needs to have a clear mind in everything in his life. We mustn’t forget he is 18. We have 18 and 17-year-olds on the bench at the moment. He needs to stabilise his life. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told Raheem Sterling to sort his life and and take advantage of being at “one of the biggest clubs in the world”. “He needs to understand the remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world and focus everything on his career. “Once he does that and he is clear in his mind, once he has got no distractions, we can get to the level of performance of the first four to five months of last year. “He is a good boy and had lots going on last year when he was put in the spotlight and he did well, but now it’s about him focusing on his football.” Press Association
Eriksen produced two superb free-kick strikes as Spurs twice fought back from deficits to draw 2-2 at Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. They were the Denmark midfielder’s first goals of the season after an injury-hit start to the campaign, but the 23-year-old has underlined his reputation as one of the best free-kick exponents in English football – even if he spoke about an Italian influence. “I’ve watched Pirlo taking free-kicks and he makes it look so easy,” Eriksen said. “When he’s there (over the ball) he knows what to do. “But everybody has a different position of doing it. I know I have my own and it’s working.” Eriksen said that he had not even been practising free-kicks because of a knee injury which ruled him out for a month until mid-September. “I’ve done it for many years but I haven’t really done it since I was injured – I think my practice was in the game because we had a lot of free-kicks. “But I know what feeling I have to step over the ball and score. I’ve always had a good shot and take free-kicks. “At Ajax I only took them at the end of my time there, but at some point it turned after a lot of training and a bit of focusing.” Spurs have lost only once this season, away to Manchester United on the opening day, and have now gone 10 games without defeat in all competitions. And Eriksen believes Spurs can maintain their progress with Mauricio Pochettino now in his second season at White Hart Lane. “There’s always been a good spirit here and, although some new lads have come in, everyone knows what they have to do,” Eriksen said. “It’s a good mix and with the more games we get the more we know each other. “We have had to learn a lot of things pretty quick but now we have the time to build on something and you can see we know what we’re doing. “Everything is still open because a lot of teams are losing points, but that makes it a fun season.” Swansea have gone four games without a league win but their performance against Spurs was a marked improvement on recent defeats at Watford and Southampton. And Spurs old boy Gylfi Sigurdsson believes they are still capable of finishing in the top half of the table. “We started the season really well but we have not been like ourselves the last three or four performances,” Sigurdsson said. “We have dropped points, which is going to happen in the season, and there is still a long way to go. “But if we play our style of football we will be in the top half of the table. “We go away now for the international break but we can build on this game and performance to keep the momentum going.” Press Association Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen has revealed studying Italian maestro Andrea Pirlo is the secret behind his dead-ball brilliance.
Talking to reporters Wednesday along with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, the Ohio Democrat said Republicans have “been in bed” with the NRA for years.Mayor Whaley said Wednesday that she told Trump that strengthening gun laws used to be a bipartisan issue, but now “Washington will not move.”Brown added that he’s very concerned that Trump’s rhetoric is dividing the nation.Whaley also noted that it was a good thing Trump didn’t speak in the Oregon District because the community has protested the his “behavior.”Trump has faced severe backlash following two mass shootings that left 31 people dead in less than 24 hours. Americans have called on Trump and lawmakers to find a solution to the mass shooting epidemic that’s been sweeping the nation.Related content:FL Red Flag Law in Spotlight Following Mass Shootings Ohio officials did not have nice things to say about Trump or Republicans following the President’s visit to Dayton on Wednesday.President Trump’s visit came in the wake of a mass shooting which occurred in Dayton Sunday and claimed the lives of nine people.Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says he plead with President Trump to take assault weapons off the streets of America.Asked if both political parties are to blame for failing to address mass shootings, Sen. Sherrod Brown says, “No.”“We can’t get anything done in the Senate because Mitch McConnell and the president of the United States are in bed with the gun lobby.” https://t.co/0UBgQpT9bz pic.twitter.com/maKcNDSJed— ABC News (@ABC) August 7, 2019
With the USG elections only one day away, Undergraduate Student Government President Rini Sampath and Vice President Jordan Fowler reflect on their time in their respective roles and the legacy they hope to leave, marked by increasing campus inclusivity and college affordability.Last February, Sampath and Fowler made history as the first all-female presidential ticket to be elected at USC.“Whenever people ask me, like, what was the best moment? When you found out you won? And I always say no, it was actually the moment before … I looked around the room and it was just filled with people we love and people who care, people who will stand out on Trousdale during days when it was blistering hot; they were willing to stay up with us, anything, you name it,” Sampath said.The nostalgic Sampath and Fowler recall the day they won their positions in USG.“It just made me realize the power of unconditional love and friendship during those weeks,” recalled Sampath said about her former campaigning days.As they reflect on the group effort required to win the election, the support and dedication provided by fellow classmates marked that day for them. Just as they sought to increase student involvement within their original campaign initiatives, they have continued to advocate on issues such as expanded student inclusion.Sampath and Fowler have made use of the year, delivering on the promise initially made while campaigning: real results. While incorporating their plans to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion into each project, they have gauged student responses to guide their approach.“Last semester was a really pivotal time in student activism and student advocacy given everything that was going on at college campuses across our nation,” Sampath said. “We played our part as the student government and the student community by hosting forums for students where they could speak out about their own experiences with bias and prejudices on our campus.”These forums gave students a space to openly address topics needing explicit discussion, such as inclusion. Using the voices of students as a driving force, Sampath and Fowler have led an effort this pastyear withimproved awareness for underrepresented students on campus.Sampath and Fowler spearheaded the Campus Climate Resolution that the USG Senate presented in November asking for a $100 million fund to support underrepresented students and tenured faculty positions for underrepresented minorities. As Fowler indicates, understanding diversity requires a new approach to how students are educated.“Diversity doesn’t necessarily need to be seen in the ways that we think … it’s so important that diversity, equity and inclusion are included in all parts of our advocacy efforts” Fowler said.Their vision for the remainder of their term involves more communication with students. In November, USG presented the college affordability and transparency resolution, employing student feedback to account the needs of the everyday Trojan. The survey, which received 1,903 student responses, includes a number of lengthy responses from students depicting extreme financial challenges.“It was really touching, and some of it was heartbreaking too, hearing from students that they are skipping meals and starting a GoFundMe to afford tuition here, especially given the increase that occurs every single year,” Sampath said.As the USG campaign season begins, Fowler believes she and Sampath are leaving USG in capable hands.Fowler said she was impressed by both USG presidential tickets’ dedication.“I think when it comes down to it, I have really had the chance to work with Edwin [Saucedo] and Austin [Dunn],” Fowler said when asked which presidential ticket she supported. “Since my first days on this campus, Austin has been my delegate, so I have been a huge supporter of him since the very beginning. I really do believe in him, and I see them being greater leaders for this school.”Although Sampath has not publicly endorsed any candidates, she did highlight that this is the first year USG has allowed for USC leaders to be able to publicly endorse a candidate.With a 120-person cabinet, the Sampath-Fowler administration called for a tuition freeze — an action not implemented by the administration — lobbied to increase awareness for mental health and sexual assault prevention, supported new sustainability practices alongside Provost Michael Quick and funded student trips such as for the a cappella group the SoCal VoCals who sang at the White House to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in January.Despite their term coming to an end, Sampath and Fowler express optimism more than anything else. For them, work continues as usual.On Feb. 24, they are introducing a resolution calling for a fall break to the Faculty Senate, bringing in health professionals to aid their discussion.
Latif Blessing has emerged as the early sole leader of the Ghana Premier League goal king standings after another prolific day at the office in Dansoman.The former Blessing FC striker netted twice in the first half at the Carl Reindorf Park to haul the home side 2-1 in front after Berekum Chelsea had taken an early lead. The game ended 3-1.It was the 18 year old’s second brace of the season and took his tally to seven goals from eight matches.It also makes him the front runner for the goal king title with his closest challengers Samuel Tetteh, Saddick Adams and Eric Bekoe all failing to hit target.Bekoe did not score in Hasaacas 0-4 loss at Aduana, Adams was missing for Chelsea due to suspension while Tetteh endured a miserable day in Accra where he was sent off against WAFA after picking up two yellow cards against Hearts of Oak.The biggest winner of the failure by the trio to score could be Aduana Stars forward Yahaya Mohammed who scored a hat trick in their 4-0 win over Hasaacas to take his season’s tally to four. —READ ALSO: GPL matchday 8 reports from across Ghana*Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
The women who make up the USWNT are very close. In fact, they call themselves the “22 best friends.”Defensive midfielder Julie Ertz had all of those friends on the field throughout the 2019 World Cup in France, plus an extra best friend in the stands — her husband Zach, who plays tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles. Afterwards, Julie found out there were two reasons to celebrate, and she was overcome with emotion. As soon as the whistle blew here in San Diego, we had some good news for @julieertz…💚🦅@ZERTZ_86 & the @Eagles are heading to the @SuperBowl! pic.twitter.com/dI5MvG53VR— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) January 22, 2018The power couple met at a baseball game in college. Julie played soccer at Santa Clara University, while Zach was on the football team at Stanford.The couple wed in 2017. Members of the USWNT appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday in celebration of its World Cup victory, and host Michael Strahan mentioned Julie Ertz’s biggest fan.”It meant the world truly to have him there,” Ertz told Strahan. “We call each other 22 best friends and he’s my plus-one best friend, so to have him there meant the absolute world.”WORLD COUPLES: USWNT stars and their athlete significant othersZach Ertz isn’t shy about the love and pride he feels for his two-time World Cup champion wife. He supports her both on the sidelines and on social media.WORLD FREAKING CHAMPS!!!!! SO PROUD OF YOU @julieertz!!! pic.twitter.com/NOoqOK3gha— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) July 7, 2019A freaking BALLER and her husband pic.twitter.com/SCfkFqgyDe— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 28, 2019JOYThrough It All pic.twitter.com/xzAWRHzeoJ— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 21, 2019The internet fell in love with this couple when a video of Julie finding out that Zach was Super Bowl 52-bound went viral in 2018. Julie Ertz and the USWNT beat Denmark while Zach and the Eagles were playing the Vikings in the NFC championship game.