American expat Katherine “Kit” Pepper started Cheers Croatia Magazine as the English-language source for news and information about Croatian wine. It is for visitors to Croatia, Croatians around the world who want wine news in English, expats in Croatia, and anyone in the international wine trade who needs information about Croatia and its wines.
Kit first visited Croatia in 2007, when she traveled from Istria along the coast to Dubrovnik and then inland to Kutjevo on wine business. Back in New York, as wine buyer for a boutique shop in Astoria, she was among the first to feature wine from the countries of the former Yugoslavia. When she opened Kit’s Underground Wine & Spirits in Manhattan, it became a place where wine lovers and sommeliers could seek out the unusual—wines from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Georgia, Lebanon, Japan…
She holds the WSET Diploma (DWS) and is a Certified Wine Educator (CWE). On the basis of a first career in book publishing, she has edited wine and spirits books for international publishers, and has written for both trade and consumer wine publications. She has worked harvest in Campania (IT) and New York State, and judged wine competitions in New York and Croatia.
Kit lives with her husband in Split.
Andreja Jurić is research associate at the magazine, as well as a talented illustrator with a degree in fine art from Arts Academy of the University in Split. Andreja comes from Mostar and has lived in Split since 2012. She is beginning study for WSET level 2.
Affiliations and Gifts Policy
Cheers Croatia Magazine is an independent publication, currently self-funded. Neither Cheers Croatia Magazine nor Katherine Pepper are affiliated with any other wine- or tourism-related business or organization. All views are those of the magazine and its writers. Trips are paid for by the magazine unless other press is being offered the same on equal terms at the same time. Any such sponsored trips are disclosed in the relevant article. The magazine and its writers do not accept gifts, although it occasionally accepts donations of wine for tasting and research purposes.
All text, graphics and photographs on this site are copyright Katherine Pepper unless otherwise credited. No written or art material on this site may be reproduced in any way without express written permission of the copyright holder.
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