Top Stories in 2016
It has been quite a year for karakasis.mw, well far less than a year since the very first story was published in early April. I certainly took a lot of pleasure writing about Greek wine but I did try to find space as well for some extra excitement coming from Cyprus, Turkey, Romania, Austria, Slovakia and even Patagonia! I guess being mainstream is not my absolute forte, with the Barolo story about the gorgeous wines of Elio Altare being an exception.
During that period there were numerous journeys, tastings and masterclasses that I participated or presented from Australia to Cyprus covering the new, very dynamic and explosive era of Greek wine giving me a strong motive to put down in writing an ebook called ''The Vineyards and Wines of Greece 2017''. The story I published about it obviously made the most views so I will leave it out of the results.
So the ten most read stories in 2016 (in reverse order) are:
Evolution and future of Greek winemaking via ten new faces that are below forty years of age such as Christos Zafeirakis, Kostis Dalamaras and Stamatis Mylonas among others. This is a first attempt to present the winemakers behind the labels that often do not get so much attention.
Judging Turkish wines in Izmir together with Isa Bal MS, Dilek Caner MW and other old and new wine friends like Umay Ceviker, Ayhan Guleyen, Serdar Balkaya and Tugba Altinoz among others. In total, approximately 240 wines were tasted and I am happy to say that I tasted quite a few really good, exciting and definitely complex terroir - driven wines.
Malagousia seems to excite and intrigue as shown in a Masterclass I led in Thessaloniki. This article summarizes styles, typicity and quality assessment.
Merry Christmas to all.