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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Harpers": "Ground breaking" East Meditteranean wine tasting planned for EWBC conference

by Richard Siddle  

24.10.2012. Delegates at the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Turkey next month will have the chance to take part in a Grand Terroir tasting of selected wines from across the Eastern Meditteranean. [Read also: Teliani Valley’s qvevri wine selected for Grand Terroir Tasting at EWBC]

The wines will be introduced by International Wine Challenge co-chairmen, Tim Atkin MW and Charles Metcalfe, and include selected wines from Georgia, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Armenia.

Atkin described the tasting as "potentially one of the most exciting, ground-breaking tastings of the decade, bringing together wines from one of the most dynamic corners of the globe in a way that has never been done before".

The tasting will also include representations from different East Meditteranean generic bodies including:

Wines of Turkey, sponsors of the EWBC conference; the Georgian Wine Association; Wines from Lebanon; Armenia will be represented by the Zorah winery; and Egypt by Kouroum of the Nile winery.

Wines in the tastings include:

• Kavaklidere, Cotes d'Avanos, Narince Chardonnay 2011, Turkey
• Sevilen, Plato Kalecik Karası 2011, Turkey
• Teliani Valley, Samshvenisi Kvevris 2010, Georgia
• Vinoterra, Saperavi 2009, Georgia
• Chateau Ka, Fleur de Ka 2006, Lebanon
• Domaine des Tourelles, Marquis des Beys 2006, Lebanon
• Zorah, Karasi 2010, Armenia
• Kouroum of the Nile, Beausoleil 2011, Egypt

The EWBC Digital Wine Communications conference takes place in Izmir, Turkey between November 9-11. It hopes to bring up to 200 bloggers and media representatives together from over 35 countries.

Speakers include Christian Payne, videographer and mobile media maker; Pierrick Bouquet, a NYC-based social media marketing strategist; Californian winemaker Randall Grahm; UK wine journalist Andrew Jefford; and Dr Patrick E McGovern, author of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture.

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