Secret to Success at WSET – Levels 2, 3 and the Diploma


Now that my WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) student life is over, I thought I would like to write this article to share my experience that I gained during my wine studies. In the following article, I will explain a lot of things regarding the programme and how to achieve a pass on WSET Diploma based on my own …

The signatures of Austrian Wine

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I was in Austria for a short holiday for three nights last week. This city is so famous with its Christmas markets and the delightful restaurants. We took the time to coincide this little get away with the most anticipated Bruegel exhibition in the Kunsthistoriches Museum. Even though I have seen some of his most famous paintings such the Tower …


Sommeliers’ Selection 2018

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Author: Berkin BIRSEN, aged 32. Helicopter Pilot, Amateur Photographer. Deeply interested in winetastings. Working on Wine Logistics within MSc in Logistics Engineering WSET LEVEL 2 CANDIDATE Sommeliers’ Selection 2018 wine fair featured last weekend in Istanbul. Masterclasses, walking around tasting area and a line up of 180 wines listed according to their bodies were very well organised. Wine fairs sometimes …

How sustainable is Turkish wine industry?


I examined the 2017 wine data for Turkey. Net wine production + import – export = 66 m litres. We were talking about 1 litre of consumption per person. Now it seems, this figure is much lower. If we think that 40 million tourists come to the country, perhaps consumption by the Turkish people will fall to 200 ml per …

A native in Tivoli


Italy is the country with the most output of wines per year in the world. I have a special connection with Italy when it comes to wines. I started my import business in London many years ago with Italian wines from Veneto and Piedmonte. Not only that, but I grew up with a lot of influence from the Italian culture, …

Vinho Verde’s Changing Face


Portugal is a very diverse country with six main wine regions producing all sorts of wines. I visited Vinho Verde which is the biggest wine region in the north west corner. Vinho Verde is the name of the region and not the grape, so lets get that right at the beginning. Within Vinho Verde, there are nine sub regions. I …

Georgian wines


I attended my second annual tasting of Georgian wines this week in London. As the aspiration for Georgian wines in export market grows, this annual tasting of some great wines is also growing. It was in a small restaurant room last year with perhaps 50-60 wines to taste. This year, it was in the prestigious 67 Pall Mall with more …

Wines of Extremadura


I was in Extremadura region of Spain last week. I was invited to attend the trade exhibition FIAL 2018 in Don Benito. My trip was organised by the regional government of Extremadura. There were 30+ importers of wine and gourmet food from some twenty countries. I met fifteen wine producers during some short meetings. In this article, I will tell …

Oxford Wine Festival

Hello All, We are showing our gorgeous wines from Turkey and Italy at the Oxford Wine Festival on 8th and 9th September 2017. Come and taste our wines in the Emerging Regions section. Get your tickets on https://www.oxfordwinefestival.org See y’all!

Guney Afrika da Gastoromik bir gezi (TR) – Gastro Visit to South Africa (EN)


Guney Afrika Cumhuriyeti nin baskenti Cape Town baslayan gezim suresince harika yemekler yiyip, muthis saraplar icip, karada, denizde ve havada cok renkli gecen bir macera yasadim. Bu guzel gezide Guney Afrika’nin gastro kulturunu yakindan tanima firsatini buldum. Istanbul’dan direk ucak seferleri ile rahat ve hic saat farki olmadan gidip gezilecek oldukca ekonomik, harika bir ulke. Asagidaki yazida temel noktalari sizlerle …