Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tasting notes: Louis de Grenelle Grande Cuvée– Saumur – Crémant de Loire

I bought this wine from Louis de Grenelle when I visited them in September 2010 during our great wine escape to France. It’s a classical “crémant” produced by “traditional method” (champagne method). 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Chardonnay are used for this … Continue reading

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Tasting notes: Tenuta Sanguido – Guidalberto 2008

 “Guidalberto” is the second wine of Tenuto San Guido, producer of the Super Tuscan legend “Sassicaia”. Guidalberto’s 2008 vintage has a typical ruby color with some violet highlights. The grapes are 45% Cabernet Sauvignon – 45% Merlot and 10% San … Continue reading

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Tasting notes: Antinori – Tignanello 2004

I remember a very nice scene from my favorite wine movie “Sideways”. In that scene Miles (Paul Giamatti) was talking about 1961 Cheval Blanc which he had and he was saying that he wanted to open the wine on a … Continue reading

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Barbecue @ home…

While the whole family was in Istanbul during the 4 days holiday period, we wanted to end up with nice dishes together with excellent wines… This time we ‘ve got grilled New York steak with classical red wine sauce, grilled … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Style @ home…

I shall tell you about one of my favorite octopus dishes which belongs to Spain’s “Galiçia” region “Pulpo a la Gallega”. I was thinking of cooking this dish for a long time and finally I made it… Many people does … Continue reading

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A futuristic Italian…

Kayra Wine’s “Terra” brand has started a nice event called “World Cuisine with Terra Wines”. “Italy” was the first “stop over” of this serial event. We had a chance to meet and taste the dishes of Italian Chef “Gianfranco Chiarini” … Continue reading

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Petrol smell in Riesling is a mistake?

Very interesting article in Decanter about Michel Chapoutier’s comments on “Petrol smell in Riesling is a result of a mistake during winemaking”. Check it out from: I really wonder if there will be any reply to this argument from … Continue reading

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“Antiochia” Restaurant – Istanbul…

Turkey’s one of the most important culinary cities “Antakya” locates just in the Southern-most point of the country connected to a culture which is lies about more than thousands of years between the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea. The cuisine … Continue reading

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Doluca “Karma” Wines @ Changa Restaurant – Istanbul …

The last night I was at the wine & dine event held by Doluca Vineyards in Changa Restaurant – Istanbul. We were in an event of pairing Doluca’s Karma Wines with Changa’s head chef Mr Civan Er’s “fusion” style courses. … Continue reading

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Tasting Notes: Vinolus – Syrah 2009

I have finally tasted Vinolus’ Syrah from 2009 vintage. The grapes are coming from Denizli’s Guney region. On the nose you feel directly very impressive and nice eucaliptus aromas followed by cedar, chocolate and spicy notes together with rich fruity … Continue reading

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