For the fourth year in a row, master wine workshops have been held in luxury boutique hotel Alhambra in the bay Čikat on Lošinj. Ilok cellars annually produce between 4 and a half to 5 million liters of wine from grapes harvested in more than 330 ha of their own vineyards and 660 ha of other producers located on the western slopes of Fruška gora. Two top positions – Principovac and Vukovo and the uniqueness of the terroir – with special emphasis on the influence of the Danube, a large number of sunny days, and of course the knowledge and effort of winemakers – are home to top Graševina and Traminer, but also Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Frankovka, Pinot Noir… In addition to the vineyard, winery and cellar, the majority owner Juraj Mihaljević with more than 20 million EUR invested renovated the country estate Principovac from the 19th century that can accommodate over 500 guests and enjoy the spirit of old times, filled with oenological and gastronomic stories . The wines of Ilok cellars are very serious and complex, and in addition to the already mentioned Riesling, and their Graševina, Traminer and Rhine Riesling have very pronounced varietal characteristics such as bitterness in Graševina or the scent of rose petals and pronounced honey notes in Traminer, and kerosene in rieslinga, which is noticeable even in archival wines whose tertiary aromas have not completely prevailed. Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra The wines from the winery, which continued the tradition of producing great wines after privatization in 2003 (the Old Cellar was built in 1450 – the first in this part of Europe and the world), fit perfectly into the luxury and spirit of aristocratic times of the Alhambra. designed and conceived by the Austrian architect Alfred Keller. Conceptually, the (true) story that the guests at the celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II also enjoyed the top Ilok Traminer from 1947 fit in perfectly. We will single out only the main stars of the evening (for those who want to find out a little more, visit the blog Food Walkers Croatia), and the first among them is Grain of Great Harvest 2011 from the edition wine for big moments in front of which there is a great potential for storage, but s big problem: less than 4.000 bottles left! Another wine with a problem je Grahevine archival wine 1983. – this wine cannot be bought anywhere because, although it was prepared for the archive, it never appeared on the market. And after 36 years in the glass you have fresh wine in great shape, without any hint of oxidative notes. The third prominent Graševina is Gravy archival wine from 2008. which they say “if you don’t know how to seduce a woman, offer her this wine…”- with the proviso that the old saying also applies to this wine: patient – saved! Because she is only eleven! The Traminers received the royal treatment (as they deserve), especially Traminac archival wine from 1982, Traminac Elective berry harvest 2011 te Traminac Ice harvest 2007 ranked as 19. wine in the world in competition between 550.000 wines from around the world that have been awarded at the world’s most influential wine evaluations. The election harvest of dried berries from 2011 was crowned with a platinum medal at Decanter, and glacial The 2007 Traminac left an even better impression. In addition to the usual names of individual lines, marketing experts from Ilok cellars led by board member Karmela Tanacabel (who also presented all the wines) divided the wines into likable and easy to remember categories: wines for every opportunity, for special occasions, wines for enjoyment i wine for memory. The categories differ in style, position and purpose, ie recommendations for gastronomic courtship. At this master workshop, a total of eleven wines were presented (six Graševina wines, of which 2 archive wines and 5 Traminer wines, 1 archival wine), and at the dinner six new wines, with some reruns from the MasterClass, Princeps sparkling wine, the perfect 2006 Rhine Riesling., Premium Frankovka, Premium Chardonnay and Premium Traminac, and another Graševina from 2008). This year, an impressive collection of award-winning archival, but also those slightly younger Graševina and Traminer through two verticals was presented Ilok cellars, a large winery that proves in the best possible way that even with mass production, great, top-quality wines can be made for which with us (wrongly) it is customary to find them only in small, boutique wineries. In recent years, selected bottles have so far been presented by foreign and domestic wine companies: Benvenuti, Château Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Palmer, Goriška Brda, Hugel, Krauthaker, Step, Opus One, Sassicaia, Šember, Tenuta di Biserno and Tomac. In addition to participating in the guided MasterClass (representatives of wineries, sommeliers), attendees can taste some of the wines later during dinner at à la carte restaurant Alfred Keller and in a relaxed atmosphere to talk to the creators of wine, but also food. Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra Masterclass Ilok Cellars & Boutique Hotel Alhambra After Ilok cellars, the second Masterclass in the Alhambra will be held in June when one of the world’s most famous and renowned wineries Château Lafite Rothschild present your Champagne Rothschild.
Kyle Adomian created TutorTies after his tutor, who was unversed in USC’s style of teaching calculus, was unable to sufficiently help him with the subject. The app allows students to connect with tutors who previously took the class via a swipe-to-match system. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Adomian) Adomian plans to expand TutorTies to nearby schools, including UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. He and Austin Hill, head of design and content curation, hope to target the colleges their high school friends attend and begin to recruit ambassadors for their service. TutorTies will launch in the fall as an app, but the platform is currently offering a “tutor matching concierge” service during the remote learning period. Similar to how the app will function, Adomian, along with his team, matches students with tutors based on classes and professors. The app, which is still being developed, will allow both students and tutors to set up their profiles with information about their subject, classes and professors. Students and tutors will then be able to search the TutorTies platform to find similar matches. When either a student or a tutor swipes on another corresponding profile, both will be placed into a chat room to schedule a session. What makes TutorTies unique to other tutoring platforms is the tutors’ ability to initiate the conversation, Adomian said. Users have the option to meet online or in person. “We just recently started putting it out there that students can fill out a Google form with their specific specifications on what they need help with,” Adomian said. “We do basically what the app would do and match you … with a tutor.” “The tutors were distant, and they lacked the familiarity with the specific course at USC, or even the specific professor,” said Adomian, a business administration major. “They would need time to understand not only the concepts you were going through, but the teaching styles of the teacher [and] how you as a student interpret certain things, and we saw that as almost a waste of time and money.” Sarah Russell, a graduate student studying business analytics who found out about TutorTies through an email from Adomian, had a tutoring session for modern statistical learning methods over Zoom. Russell said TutorTies asked for the project and data sets she was working on beforehand, so her tutor was ready for their session. When sophomore Kyle Adomian was a freshman taking calculus at USC, he sought the help of a non-USC affiliated tutor. After working with a tutor who was generally familiar with calculus but unfamiliar with the type of calculus taught in his class, Adomian came up with TutorTies, a college tutoring platform that connects students with tutors who have experience in specific USC classes. Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that TutorTies tutors had booked 20 sessions in three months. They booked the sessions in about three weeks. The Daily Trojan regrets this error. “Why we decided to do swipe-to-match for the students is this kind of dopamine rush that surrounds this new kind of trend of swiping to match,” Adomian said. “It’s this concept of gamifying a fairly mundane task.” He started reaching out to students last month to tell them about the service. It was a lot of dirty work, Adomian said: looking at teacher assistant schedules to find possible tutors, reaching out to students via email and going through the student directory. Currently, TutorTies has 80 tutors signed up, who have booked 20 sessions in about three weeks. So far, some students have had weekly sessions, and others have had daily sessions with their tutor. “It’s not only that I can help the students — it’s also helped me to go through the concept and some principles of organic chemistry, which I learned when I was an undergraduate,” Fu said. “It’s also to make the knowledge more solid, and it’s also helped me a lot.” “He had already come up with different ideas to help,” Russell said. “He’d already played with the data, looked at the project and everything — so super well-prepared, very friendly.” “I think the goal initially is just to become the most used tutoring service and get the name spread out among USC,” said Hill, a sophomore majoring in economics. “I know Kyle has bigger goals for the future, like trying to implement it at other schools, but that would be further in the future.” The swipe-to-match technology is a part of a wider effort to streamline the tutoring process. Along with that, tutors’ payments are deposited into their bank accounts immediately, Adomian said. Currently, there is no maximum price the tutors can charge, although Adomian hopes to create a lower bound to avoid a bidding war among tutors. Fang Fu, a graduate student studying chemistry, has already done two Zoom conferences with her student on organic chemistry material. Fu, who had previously worked as an organic chemistry teaching assistant, said TutorTies helped her learn new techniques for her lab, which is mainly about organic synthesis. “I want to be able to provide a service … to make the process of going through school and getting your degree something that is not easier, but more manageable,” Adomian said. “Nobody wants to spend hours of their undergraduate career looking for the right tutor being charged too much from a big tutoring company.” Adomian said he hoped TutorTies would provide a more streamlined, personal experience for students looking for help with classes.