“. . .His company now owns more than 1300 hectares of vineyards. He is one of the pioneer growers of international varieties in his native country, although in recent years, he is on much to re-establish plantations of the country’s native varieties. . . . He is passionately concerned about the environment and global warming. And he has attempted to saveguard company’s future by planting a series of high altitude vineyards. Next year he will be 70 and he said he will retire. . . . He’s cramped so much into his life so far and we’re sure he will continue to influence the world of wine for many years to come. Ladies and Gentlement, please show your appreciation for Miguel Torres’s Lifetime Achivement”
Originally published at www.turkishwinealliance.com
I was about 13 years old in junior high when I sent an email to Nes’e Bilgin, a prominent professor at Bogazici University. I told her that I wanted to study molecular biology in the future and kindly asked if I could do my semester project in their laboratory. I actually can’t remember the goal of my project, but I remember petri dishes and the centrifuge machine. (more…)
About one and a half years ago, I received an email from B-Corp community during my position at Suvla Winery in Istanbul. They invited me to join a brunch at Dem Café. Honestly, I had never heard about the community before but I loved the café’s breakfast, so I decided to attend.
I was in a car, driving to San Miniato from Pisa Airport when I heard the word, WWOOFer, for the first time in my life. My new boss, Cosimo was on the phone; telling me that he was sorry because he was not going to be in the winery when I arrive. He was expecting a big English group on the following day. He kindly asked me to make a tasting for them and told me that a woofer was going to help me.
I had just arrived in Italy 40 minutes ago. I had never tasted his wines in my life. I did not even know what a woofer was. But at that moment, I also had no idea that I was going to spend one of the best months of my life in this winery. (more…)