Christopher Vannoy, Travel Professional, Wine Lover, Social Entrepreneur, PhD Candidate
I am a lover of all things Turkish. I'm an unabashed Turcophile, for the people and the beautiful land of Asia minor. With 30 years of traveling in Turkey, conversing with Turks, I've loved grappling to learn all that this dynamic land and people offer. The vineyards are a delightful collision of the old and the new in Turkey. Wonderful places.
I still recall my first few wine experiences in Turkey. Let me say this - those experiences have progressed rapidly upward in quality and I am amazed at the lovely wineries, vineyards and vintners in Turkey today.
I have reviewed hundreds of Turkish wines (see my page on Vivino ), but I also travel throughout the Mediterranean from Spain (I love Rioja!) to Montenegro (Plantaze anyone?) So my taste and experience vary widely. I do drink a lot of California, NW US and some Virginia wines when I'm back in the US.
Full disclosure, I love red wines a bit more than white - though I'm better at blindly identifying the white ones. I do also enjoy blush/ rose' wines. But those deep reds (Shiraz) or even the milder ones with complexity (Kalecik Karasi) are what I prefer, and drink more often.
Enjoy my site and drop me a note. I do know of a travel agency that can make an amazing Turkish wine tour and Turkish wine tasting happen for you.