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Karnas Vineyards from Bodrum – The Turkish St Tropez 

Karnas Vineyards from Bodrum – The Turkish St Tropez 

Syrah, Petite Sirah or Shiraz…three different names for the same wine! Even the kind…masculine or feminine…Le Syrah or La Syrah can be different! Well what a consecration, this is the minimum that we can say about one huge grape loved by everyone around the world. After years of research they finally announce that Syrah was not coming from Syria or China, not even Turkey (sorry guys), but simply where this grape produced its best, the Rhône valley in France… “Kokoriko!” It gives a wine with tanin, black pepper spices, purple colour and can be kept for years for bonification. We find it in Australia, in California, in South Africa, in Washington state, in Chile, many other places in the world and for some years in our country, Turkey. Especially from the Karnas Vineyard where Syrah is giving its best….the 2014 I have tasted is dark purple, like eating a big bunch of red, sweet, dark fruits; very juicy like cherries and blackberries, wild herbs, full body with a very long finish. I drank it at 14 degrees but still I advise to serve it around 15/16 degrees especially during hot summer. I know it is going to be hard but keep a few bottles on the side for your old days…...
Prodom Rosé 2012

Prodom Rosé 2012

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] It’s Friday so that means time to review another bottle! This week I am tasting the Prodom Rosé 2012 from South of Denizli, I am really enjoying the refreshing Rosé’s at this time of year. This wine as received a “Bronze medal” quality award from the international wine and spirit competition in 2013. And 88 points at the Istanbul Master of Wine 2013. The Prodom is a blend of Syrah and Merlot grapes which is a blend I have a lot of appreciation for, especially in the last few years. The colour of this rosé is what we call ‘onion peels’ because of its yellow and orange hues and some light reds reflecting on the glass. On the nose the first approach is a little red fruits and then there is a pink grapefruit flavour. As you taste it the grapefruit hits you, along with hints of Strawberry and Cherry. The grapefruit flavours will not leave you until you finish your glass. The fruit and acidity balance is just right with this wine. It is a dry rosé and will work perfectly with any kind of shellfish, hot or cold fish dishes, shrimps and salad or a filet of Turbot simply cooked on the grill with a little olive oil. I had some fresh goat’s cheese, light cherry jam, provençale herbs and olive oil…perfect…the wine should be served between 8 and 10 degrees. Bon...
2013 Urla Serendias Rosé

2013 Urla Serendias Rosé

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] I have just returned from a wonderful visit to the URLA Winery in Izmir, Turkey. A big thank you to the young oenologue Hasan Deniz for showing me the vineyard and arranging a tasting. Now how about the wine? I tasted the 2013 Urla Serendias Rosé which is made with Syrah and Sangiovese grapes. It is a light pink, salmon colour with a very elegant strawberry and gooseberry smell. There is a good balance between the fruit and the alcohol/acidity. This wine is perfect with any cold or hot summer appetiser and white cheeses, but no spices. Why not drink it for pleasure as an aperitif or by the pool after swimming this summer? There will be more from me on this winery in the coming weeks, watch this...