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2005 Domaine Grosset Cairanne

2005 Domaine Grosset Cairanne

The village of Cairanne is on the southern Côtes du Rhône wine route and its quality wines are designated Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC. Cairanne is one of the best Côtes-du-Rhône villages in France producing wines with strong, full body and elegance. Domaine Grosset belongs to Alain Grosset, Laurent Brotte’s father-in-law. The Grosset family has always been very active in the life of the village, especially in the development of its AOC. Domaine Grosset, just below the old town, covers 10ha and has Grenache vines of up to 100 years in age. The vineyard consists of two different types of soil: red earth on sandstone and terraces of white clay and sandy molasses. The warm, dry Mediterranean climate is perfect for the 10ha of land they vinify. Of course with the 2005 vintage we have one of the best vintages in recent years. This wine is usually drunk with meat cooked in any way; stew, on the grill or macerated as you prefer but also with duck cooked in oven green olives… We tasted it with spaghetti and truffle and it was just fine. Light brown and shinny colour first, huge nose of cherry jam and leather which are the flavours we call “tertiary aromas” made by the years of internal reduction and maderization (the process that involves the heating and oxidization of a wine) which are natural processes. There is still acidity left over and after 20min smooth and round feelings. I love old wines and everybody enjoyed it....
Thrace Wine Road, a new way to discover the hidden treasures of this region.

Thrace Wine Road, a new way to discover the hidden treasures of this region.

The hills and forests of the Thrace region are within a few hours of Istanbul but are a world away from the city. Surrounded by 3 different seas – Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea – a multitude of different microclimates produces an interesting range of different wines. Last Sunday I had the pleasure of escorting a mixed group of local and international wine lovers to three vineyards where we met the producers and discovered the secrets of the wine-making process. After a pleasant drive through the countryside, our first stop was the family business of Vino Dessera located in Kırklareli/ Lüleburgaz. On our arrival, we were greeted by the owner/wine-maker (and worker!) Doğan Dönmez and enjoyed a huge Turkish breakfast (is there any other size 🙂 ) that was waiting for us in the garden. With breakfast finished, Doğan took us for a walk across the vineyard and explained how they originally started out growing walnuts and almonds before deciding to plant vines and, given the ‘terroir’ and Anatolian tradition, decided to make wine. Both sandy and gravelly soils are present in this area, like in some places in France, facilitating many different vine and grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Shiraz or Öküzgözü and Boğazkere. In total, there are 15 different grapes growing on the vineyard. After our tour we returned to the cellar to begin our degustation of five different wines: Narince – clear and transparent, shining, the first nose is of white pear and tilleul aromas, while in the mouth the same aromas comes back. Very well balanced, fine and elegant white. To...
Moschofilero Boutari 2014

Moschofilero Boutari 2014

Let me tell you about one of the most surprising, and original, wines I ever drank! 2014 Moschofilero Boutari is a Greek wine made with the Autochtone grape Moschofilero. Ever heard of it? Don’t worry, me neither! Moschofilero is a white or pink grape, aromatic and dry, with enticing citrus, floral and melon aromas. The grapes are grown on clay soil at the Mantinia Vineyard’s in the region of Peloponnese, the vines are between 10 and 35 years old. At an altitude of 650-850 metres it is sunny during the day but very cool at night which helps to keep a high acidity. Harvesting is done by hand at the end of September and beginning of October and only the best fruits are selected. The result is a crisp, fresh and well balanced wine that will compliment any kind of fish or shell fish meal during the summer. Moschofilero is a nice alternative to Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, a good simple refreshing aromatic white wine....
Chamlija 2013 Chardonnay

Chamlija 2013 Chardonnay

Following on from last weeks review of the Chamlija Albarino, this week I am reviewing the 2013 Chardonnay. After 1 month fermentation in the barrel, a Burgundy style batônnage and a minimum of 12 months in new French medium toast oak barrels, the result is a well balanced Chardonnay. A great white wine; smooth, buttered, lightly toasted, the wood is melted with no aggressivity at all. This wine can be drunk now or left for a few years to mature. Match this wine with smoked salmon, lobster, chicken with creamy sauces and fresh tarragon. I like it a lot. You can find this wine in Istanbul at Carrefour Gurme outlets....
Our Trip to Thrace Vineyard Route on 7th of September

Our Trip to Thrace Vineyard Route on 7th of September

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=””][tweet url=”” style=”none” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=””] Well the tour is over now but we are already working on the next one; I have decided to take you on the “Thrace vineyards route” again in a different approach. Our goal is to discover different vineyards, winemakers and various wines while enjoying and increasing our knowledge of wine. At lunch we will look for a place to stop by; it maybe a vineyard or just a new place that we will discover together or maybe a picknik, why not? If you are excited about the idea please let me know… Vino Dessera: A special selection But let me tell you about the experience we all had last sunday. We met in Istanbul at different points to make people comfortable. We started at nine o’clock, not too early, as Sunday is a resting day for most people. We drove two hours before getting to our first stop which was “Vino Dessera” in Kırklareli region. The road was good and it was an easy driving. I also discovered this brand with everybody else. Doğan Dönmez and his parents, owner of the vineyards, were there to meet us. They shows  us the property wich include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Öküzgözü and Kalecik . Then we started with a wonderful breakfast under the shadow. Garden tomatoes, olives, cheese from the village of Kırklareli, different vegetables were filling up the table on a white table cloth. Tea was served while Doğan’s mother Yetkin and Saniye Dönmez were telling us the family story of how they started their own business, by planting walnuts...
Turkish Wines for Summer 2014

Turkish Wines for Summer 2014

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”]  [tweet url=”” style=”none” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] You need some help to make the right choice for your lunch/ dinner or any other occasion? If you have the temptation to have a real wine cellar or make investment in a “special Cave” for keeping and serving your favorite wine at the right temperature. Choosing your wine through catalogues, internet or any boutique wine, Make the best buy at the best price, Have a true wine selection from all over the World, Choose and buy wine from the Old World and the New World.. France, Spain, Italia, or NapaValley, South Africa, New Zealand etc…. For the service is also very important let me recommand you some special glasses for all of your wine, opener, little material that you need to have home to prepare your wine in good conditions. White Wine Selection for Summer 2014 I will be pleased to inform you and help you in any steps. You can contact me at...