If you need a reason to fly to Slovenia, look no further! The destination is Dornbek, and Saksida Winery in the northwest Slovenian part of the Istrian peninsula.
The camping accommodation, an idyllic setting in a vineyard was what drew us. The views of olive trees, grape vines and irises confirmed the choice.
The gift was that unbeknownst to us, the vineyard has a small restaurant that happened to be serving dinner the night we were there! This blog is a tribute to a remarkable, memorable meal. As is the custom in this part of the world, the ingredients are local and fresh, ie in season.
The vineyard has been in the family since the 1800’s and is now managed by Ingrid and her chef husband Marko. Together they choreographed a generous 5 course dinner complete with a different wine to compliment each dish.
The meal began with a small rectangular plate on which was poured from a small shot glass, olive oil with an olive. Another shot glass contained creamed horseradish and diced green apples. A plate of bread and homemade salami accompanied the antipasti. It was then that I realized I needed to document this gastronomic experience. The following pictures speak for themselves.