'Groundbreaking' East Mediterranean wine tasting planned for EWBC conference

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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 Mediterranean.


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 Mediterranean 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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