“Have you ever been to New Zealand?” asked several wine producers one after another at Vinum Tasting in Zurich. When I told them that I had never had the chance to visit this astonishing green country, one of them joked that I was only thirteen films away from New Zealand. When you count the distance with films it sounds a lot closer 🙂 Fortunately, the fresh air of New Zealand spread into the tasting room at Metropol Restaurant through many great examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Syrah.
Weingut Johannes Trapl 2014 Grüner Veltliner Karpatenschiefer
Grape: 100% Grüner Veltliner
Alcohol: 12.5 % vol
Region: Carnuntum, Austria
Tasting Notes: The wine has medium golden color and exhibits notes of apples, citrus and hints of honey. On the palate, it is dry, (very) yeasty and mineral with flavors of stone fruits and white pepper. With its high acidity, the wine is vibrant with a medium fresh finish.
It was a sunny summer day in Istanbul. I entered Mikla, a fascinating restaurant in Istanbul, selected as the fifty-sixth best restaurant in “Worlds 100 Best Restaurants” in 2016. I had brought a bottle of wine produced in the heart of Burgundy and waited to start our conversation with Mehmet Gürs. There was an on-going photo shooting at the restaurant and in a few minutes, I discovered the secret of Mikla’s success. The whole team was being photographed with different clothes and accessories, laughing and truly having fun. There is nothing better than having a happy staff I thought. When one’s daily work means more than just a ‘job’, success is inevitable I guess.
Mehmet Gürs came in after few minutes. There was a lot to talk about. After all, he is one of the greatest chefs and the pioneer of contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul. (more…)
“Ada! Please, come with me,” said Pınar to her daughter. Ada was laughing and running around in the garden. “We are on an island where kids are free to be happy”, I thought. We were having a rich breakfast with fresh tomatoes and homemade jams at Akarsu Kalyopi, a family-owned hostel in the center of Bozcaada. Ada (meaning island!) also lives there, with her parents and her grandma Seher, who has been running the hostel for more than forty years now. (Instagram: Kalyopi Bozcaada)
I had a great talk with Peter Keller few weeks ago, a prominent wine journalist in Switzerland. Let’s read how his journey in wine started and discover the Swiss Wine Industry!