Porta Caeli (Vinero) Winery, Hotel and Spa in Thrace, Turkey

Staying at a hotel as the first group of guests while it was still closed to the public has a surreal effect. Porta Caeli was at its opening phase when our press group was welcomed to indulge in all the facilities the hotel has to offer, including tasting the wines that were aging and the…

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Topaz Restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey

Topaz Restaurant has something spectacular awaiting its guests upon entry. Its floor to ceiling glass wall frames a picturesque view of Istanbul. The Bosphorus Strait and its bridge, the whole city with some of its grandest sites and the Dolmabahçe Palace create a breathtaking scene. At night time, the restaurant’s lights are kept low (pardon…

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Sommeliers’ Selection 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey

March has gone by quite fast and I didn’t even get the chance to write about my extraordinary experience with the Turkish wines in the Sommeliers’ Selection held in St. Regis Hotel in Istanbul last 25 – 26 February that was organized by Gustobar. I had a very fast-paced trip to Istanbul arriving from Rome…

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Vogue Restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul makes every inch of the food lover in me soar with anticipation. My first trip there had been a discovery of its food and wine culture with a group of press people. Even if Istanbul was the shortest stay on our way to another part of Turkey, the Northern Thrace, the markets, shops and…

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Arcadia Vineyards and Bakucha Vineyard Hotel in Northern Thrace, Turkey

While the sun was rising, we drove through Thrace countryside making our way from Vinero Winery to Arcadia Vineyards on the last day of our Turkish press trip. With 3 hours traveling time in between them (but just about 2 hours from Istanbul), we left Vinero with our boxed breakfasts at half past six in…

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