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Şirince Artemis Restaurant

Şirince Artemis Restaurant

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] [gplus counter=”” style=”” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] This week I am going to tell you about a little restaurant in Şirince in Izmir province called Tarihi Şirince Artemis Restaurant and Wine House. The food and service is remarkable but the best bit for me is they have their own house wines which is just amazing! Imagine a blend like Bordeaux made by their friends at Bilinger 7 which I told you about a few weeks ago. I was really impressed by their red wines. The first one is called ‘Sotiriyu’ and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Soft tanin and loads of blackberry fruits with a perfect balance of alcohol, tanin and acidity; a perfect “new world wine style. The second wine is called ‘Simétra’ blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Bordeaux style       . It was the same 2012 vintage as the first one but very different in taste; younger, lighter and more acidic. Perfect for a lunch time while Sotiriyu, more complex is for the evening. You should visit if you are able. When you go be sure to ask for Ibrahim the Maître d’hôtel or the manager Mr Ismet Bursali, both very nice guys. Bon Appêtit p.s. If you are going, here is the map...
An exceptional auction of Grands Crus at Leclerc! Marseille, South of France.

An exceptional auction of Grands Crus at Leclerc! Marseille, South of France.

The LECLERC auctions house continues to invest the Wine and Spirits sector. LECLERC auctions house wants to highlight its wines and spirits department with an exceptional auction sale of more than 3,000 bottles of fine wines. This sale will take place on July 2, 2014. Nicolas Guy, Director of the Wines and Spirits department of LECLERC, the biggest auction house of the South of France, has paid particular attention to the selection of prestigious vintages. Coming from famous cellars, these fine wines have benefited from optimum conservation conditions. As he explains, “Wine, as any other work of art, has its place in an auction sale. But compared to other pieces, collecting fine wines is investing on an experience”. Grands Crus and fine vintage auction Wine enthusiasts/lovers will have the opportunity to discover fine wines of Bordeaux and of Burgundy. List of Bordeaux wines: Château Cheval Blanc Château Margaux Château Haut-Brion Pétrus Château d’Yquem La Mission Haut-Brion Château Lafite Rothschild List of Burgundy wines: Clos Vougeot Domaine Denis Mortet Vosne Romanée Cros Parantoux – H. Jayer Bonnes Mares – Domaine Laurent Roumier Chambolle Musigny Les Amoureuses Groffier Chambertin Mortet Montrachet Sauzet Clos de Tart Romanée Saint Vivant Domaine de la Romanée Conti Richebourg Anne Gros. Upstream of the auction sale, wines will be exhibited in the cellar of the auctions house (14th arrondissement of Marseille) from June 30 to July 1, and by appointment (10am to 6pm). A great opportunity to discover these exceptional wines preview, and find what you want to...

Arcadia 2012 Pinot Gris

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”][gplus counter=”” style=”” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] It’s Friday again and this week I am tasting the Pinot Gris from the Arcadia vineyard in Luleburgaz, Turkey. I tried the 2012. A nice yellow straw colour and the nose is short and fresh, fruity and then floral. On the mouth there is a big and fresh acidity, which is unusual for this wine so it makes it very special. According to the owner, the 2013 vintage is even better. Summer is almost upon us (despite the storms in this part of the world) and with it comes the barbecue! This wine will match perfectly with a shell-fish salad or any fish cooked on the grill. About the Vineyard Arcadia wines are made from grapes grown on their own 35 hectare vineyard. The local soil, climatic conditions and location in northwest Turkey result in lively, original white wines with mineral qualities, balanced acidity and rich fruity aromas. They grow Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Pinot Gris. Arcadia is a boutique wine maker. The grapes are picked at first light and brought directly to the winery at the centre of the vineyard to be immediately processed. The grapes are hand sorted and fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks to preserve the characteristics of each parcel. Owing to the unique design of the winery, the grapes are moved using gravity, without pumps or similar mechanical methods, then bottled in their purest form. A very good idea when you taste the result. Is it Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris? While they are the same grape they do produce different...
An Exclusive Interview with “the World’s Best Sommelier”

An Exclusive Interview with “the World’s Best Sommelier”

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] This article was originally published in Karaf Magazine in 2013, you can read it here. Alain Würsching Asks, Paolo Basso Answers Born in the Swiss city of Lugano, the 47-year-old Paolo Basso still lives there and has worked in the service sector for more than 20 years. This exclusive interview gives Karaf readers special insight into his life as a sommelier and consultant. First of all, can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where do you live and work? I am from Lugano, Switzerland, where I have a consulting firm named Ceresio Vini. I also continue to work part-time at a restaurant named Conca Bella in Vacallo, Switzerland. How did you enter the world of wine? In the beginning, I took a special interest in food. My knowledge of wine came later. While studying hotel management, I was very impressed by the complexity of wine, which became one of my fields of interest. Then, I became a sommelier. That was about 20 years ago. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned as a sommelier? Once I handed a customer a glass of wine for him to taste. He said to me, “I’m here to eat a good meal and drink a fine wine, not to taste wine. Tasting is your job, not mine. I don’t have enough experience to evaluate the wine, so you taste it for me and if you decide it is good, then I will drink it. That is the service I am paying for!” It was a fantastic lesson! The sommelier tastes the wine; the...