Dinner at Neolokal, Istanbul

Neolokal is a stunning restaurant. Last night I dined there and had a great experience. It considers itself to be a ‘bridge between the past and the future’, modernising traditions in order to preserve them – ‘presenting dishes from the past in a way that will be accepted in the future.’ This, of course, is hardly […]

Kayra Kalecik Karasi 2014 Turkey

I went to a tasting at 67 Pall Mall today, of some interesting Turkish wines. They’re from Kayra, a company formed 10 years ago when a drinks company, Mey, that had been formed from the privatisation of the state monopoly, was bought by a private equity group. Now they are part of Diageo. The tasting […]

A very interesting Turkish red: Kayra Öküzgözü

This rather delicious, old-world-styled Turkish red is from Elaziğ in Eastern Anatolia, the birthplace of wine. This is in the south east of the country, not all that far from the Iraq border. It’s grown at 850-1100 m on chalky clay and decomposed granite. The variety is named ‘eye of the bull’ and produces large […]

The fabulous Papaskarasi from Chamlija, one of Turkey's top wineries

Tasted today, at the London Wine Fair, a remarkable red wine from boutique Turkish producer Chamlija. It’s a grape variety that’s new to me: Papaskarasi. Not much is known about its origins. Mustafa Camlica of Chamlija proposes that one of its parents is Prokupac, a variety I have experienced in Serbia. When I tasted it, […]

A lovely Kalecic Karasi from Turkey

Really enjoyed this lighter red wine, made from a Turkish grape variety called Kalecic Karasi. Great value, too. [Also slightly illegally labelled, with an alcohol level declared on the label of 13.4% – should be either 13 or 13.5.]

Vinkara Kalecic Karasi 2011 Anatolia, Turkey
Pale coloured. Lovely red cherry, spice and herb notes on the nose, […]