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Rose wine for summer

Rose wine for summer

AMADEUS Vineyard in Bozcaada If you are visiting the island this year you will enjoy one of the 12 wines Olivier and his team is making each year from grapes grown only on the island of Bozcaada. Last year I had been surprised by the “Zinfandel” but this year I will be going first to “Amadeus “Cuvée Rosé” A very typical rose made without second fermentation, blended with 60% cabernet sauvignon and 40% shiraz; bright light red in color, the palate is fresh and fruity finishing on the sweetness. Will go well with meze and pasta. The second one I recommend you is the famous “Blush me” alight pâle pink color wine made with 90% sauvignon blanc and 10% zinfandel , fruity strawberries flavors and taste finishing on a lightly sweetness; drink it very cold after swimming or as an apperitif! serve with fish salad and desert. ARCADIA Fresh Cabernet + Rosé Cabernet Franc, Merlot Light salmon pink. Jasmine, strawberry and cinnamon on the nose. Elegant but expressive fruit of nectarine and red berry on the palate. Round but fresh on the palate, with a juicy, fruity finish. Lovely and pale in the glass, this appealed for its elegance, texture and sheer drinkability. Relatively quiet on the nose, floral notes sit alongside hints of spice and soft fleshy fruit.  SERENDIAS Rose from Urla Living Bozcaada island and going back to Izmir; refering to my recent publishment, this wine made with syrah and sangiovese is quiet dry, crispy and fruity, nice pink salmon color with lovely red fruits flavors, strawberry and gooseberry; have with white cheese, pasta,fish or just by...
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...
White Wine Selection for Summer 2014

White Wine Selection 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”] ARCADIA Vineyards Pinot Gris, Lüleburgaz, Kırklareli Pinot Gris from the Arcadia Wines and Vineyards in Luleburgaz, Turkey. Try the 2012, a nice yellow straw with a fresh nose, fruity and floral. Big fresh acidity, which is unusual for this wine, makes it very special. Zeynep Arca Salliel owner as ceated with her friends wine makers the first wine road in Thrace,Turkiye “Trakya wine route” a dozens of vineyards and undreds of flavors.. You can watch the video below. Post by Trakya Bağ Rotası.   Do not hesitated to ask information to visit their Vineyard and taste there wines this summer. Thrace ‘Wine Road’ Tour Misket from Prodom Here is an other dry mineral white wine for the summer made with “muscat”; a very flavored grape usualy used as a semi sweet wine. Lots of acidity and minerality makes this wine perfect for a sea food plate. But if you are looking for a classic not so dry try the Narince/ Chardonnay from same brand.   SARAFİN Sauvignon “Fümé Blanc”, Saros Complex structure, full body, wine complete his fermentation and get rested with its sediment in 225lt french oak barrels for height months. This process is named “sur lie”. The result a lovely, fruity,smoky stone flavors; to drink with Asiatique food, shell fish, grilled fish or chiken herbs light creamy sauce…One of my favorite wine in Turkey. PRESTİGE Narince, Cappadocia, Kavaklıdere Looking for élegance! floral, fruity,tasty, long finish, here is one of the best local white grape from Turkey. SARAFİN Chardonnay From Sarros twelve months...
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...
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...
Kavaklıdere Rosato

Kavaklıdere Rosato

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] Another Rosé for the summer and this time it is the Rosato by Kavaklidere in the Denizli Aegean region. Rosato is a light and semi-sweet rosé wine made from Çalkarası grapes. There is a natural residual sugar in the wine as a result of the interrupted fermentation. Light maceration is used to give a bright, pale pomegranate colour. On the nose there is a little spice, red fruits and strawberry. It has a lovely, well-balanced sugar/acidity, with very little tanin. This a perfect companion with white cheeses, pasta or chicken and would also work well with seasonal fruits. It needs to be served nice and cold around 6/8...
7 Bilgeler Lassos 2012

7 Bilgeler Lassos 2012

[fb_like url=”” style=”standard” font=”arial” action=”like” width=”450″ height=”30″ position=”none”] Bilgeler 7, ever heard of this brand? After 3 years on the market their range of 7 wines (hence the name) and philosophy is starting to be known throughout Turkey. It’s a good idea for a wine name isn’t it? Simple.   Summer is fast approaching here and it is going to be hot soon so I am tasting another Rosé wine today, 7 Bilgeler Lassos 2012, and this is a great wine just to drink for pleasure with friends on the beach or around the pool. For great food and wine harmony try the carpacio of Langoustine served with cherry juice or pomegranate. The wine is clear and bright in colour, like a fruit drop, reds and light purples on the edge shows some good extraction, we are in the presence of a real Rosé. It has a simple, fruity nose with a touch of red rose and red fruits as the primary aromas. The mouth is fresh and soft with the right balance. With this 100% Shiraz you will enjoy your holiday. One more thing, you can visit the Bilgeler vineyards in Izmir and spend the night in one of their spacious bedrooms. The vineyard manager, Mr Akdeniz, will explain the story of the ‘domaine’ much better than me. Take a look at their website for more information. Have a good...