I still remember my excitement when we were about to enter to new millennium 2000. It is very hard to believe 20 years already passed from then, and today, here we are ready for 2020!
In 2019, I had a resolution for my blog: Publish 2 articles a month at Wines of Nesli. It was only after couple of months later that I have realized it being a very difficult mission, but today I am proud to say that I have accomplished it. I would like to thank all of you for reading my articles, and being a part of my story.
In this last article of 2019, I would like to make list of my favorite vineyard visit, wines and dinners of the year and also make a small summary of what happened in Wines of Nesli this year.
Let us start with the list my favorites of 2019:
Favorite vineyard visit of the year
The vineyard that amazed me most this year was the one of Ktima Kir Yianni, in Naousa, Greece.
Favorite sparkling wine of the year
R de Ruinart Brut, Champagne. This is “the” champagne to my taste, absolutely beautiful aromas of citrus, pear and brioche, creamy texture that literally slides through the throat and elegant bubbles that makes it even dreamier. I’ve designed a 3 course meal to this champagne, started with some fresh oysters with fresh lemon juice, continued with a warm salad of glazed carrots, beetroots, walnuts and goat cheese and finished with a risotto with giant shrimps, all made this champagne even more enjoyable.
Favorite white wine of the year
Chateau de Saint Cosme 2016, Condrieu. Made from 100% Viognier grapes, wine impressed me with its intense aromas of blossoms, honeysuckle, peach, apricot, a touch of white pepper and cinnamon, it’s fresh and balanced palate. To me, this is the definition of “elegance”. It paired perfectly with Digby scallops cooked in butter, with side dish of fresh potatoes and beetroot puree.
Favorite rosé wine of the year
Château Routas Rosé, 2018, Coteaux Varois en Provence.This was a lovely wine for a summer dinner, it was fruity and fresh with its vivid acidity. It made an enjoyable pairing with with some sautéed shrimp with garlic and merken; beetroot and sweet potato chips; and some fresh mozarella with tomato and basilico from my balcony.
Favorite red wine of the year
Ktima Driopi, Agiorgitiko, 2013, Nemea. It was a great choice to carry this wine all the way from Greece. It fills the glass with its deep garnet color. It’s so well balanced blended with its high level (14.5%) of alcohol. It was full of aromas; plums, blackberries, figs, prunes, nutmeg, blonde tobacco and cloves… It literally created a feast with a barbecue of beef, roasted veggies and sweet potatoes.
Favorite dinner out of the year
There were two unforgettable dinners for me this year, both with food, wine and accompany.
First one was when I took my mom out for dinner at the restaurant called La Cigale. This restaurant is neighbour of Institute Francais, where I’ve learned French. The menu of this restaurant is a mixture of world cuisine, you can find many different options. And it has a wide wine list, including Turkish and international wines.
Second one was from the weekend spent in Thessaloniki, the restaurant Full Tou Meze (Φούλ του μεζέ). We literally had a blast there with all the mezes, seafood and homemade wine that we ordered.
Finally let us go through the articles of this year and make a summary of what happened:
I had chance to make interviews with wine professionals from around the world and share with you:
- First one was with Sanem Karadeniz, Wine Production Manager of Kavaklidere Winery, and I took her insights on changes in the vineyards and winemaking scenery in Cappadoccia, Turkey.
- I had chance to interview, Mehmet Yigit Keskin, the Turkish winemaker, who told us all about his wine story which continues currently in California.
- Finally, a very interesting story over Chile and Spain, I had the chance to learn and share with you all about experience of winemaker Jose Javier Echandi.
- Champagne Photo Diary: Finally finished this project of 6 Champagne houses that I’ve visited in 2017, now you can see the experience – this would be a useful guide for those of you who is planning to visit Champagne in 2020.
- Gone to Aragon: 2 parts of the Aragon experience that I had back in 2018:
Food and Wine
Lots of delicious things happened this year on the blog:
- I shared 6 ideas to cook on the special dinner of St. Valentines.
- I had some Turkish food recipes and pairings:
- First one was pairing Canadian ice wine with Turkish desserts; very special to me showing the cuisine that I grow up with and the country that I live in.
- I had written the recipe for my favourite dish in the whole world, sarma.
- Back in April, Francisco Diez and I organized a Turkish-Chilean wine tasting and I’ve shared with you all about it.
- I’ve continued to use lobster which is very abundant in Nova Scotia, and integrate it to the different recipes that I like. I have made a lobster ravioli and paired with a glass of Albarino.
- Ideas that come to mind during holidays, mine was about wine glasses and how to pair them to different occasions. I also added some restaurant experiences in Greece in there.
- I finally got the chance to share all about the fine dining experience at El Celler de Can Roca, that was without discussion the most delicious part of the blog.
- I’ve covered quite a lot food and wine in Montreal this year:
- What to eat, if you have only 3 days in Montreal?
- How to pair 6 different wines bought from SAQ?
- Discover Montreal in 8 different restaurants.
- Breakfast or brunch? 6 ideas for most important meal of the day in Montreal.
- My experience at the Greek restaurant, Milos.
In a nutshell, this was my 2019. I am sure 2020 will be a great year, full of love, health, joy, happiness, travel and wine!
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