In a Faw Away Land: New Zealand

“Have you ever been to New Zealand?” asked several wine producers one after another at Vinum Tasting in Zurich. When I told them that I had never had the chance to visit this astonishing green country, one of them joked that I was only thirteen films away from New Zealand. When you count the distance with films it sounds a lot closer  Fortunately, the fresh air of New Zealand spread into the tasting room at Metropol Restaurant through many great examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Syrah.

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Stories From a Wine Island : Bozcaada

“Ada! Please, come with me,” said Pınar to her daughter. Ada was laughing and running around in the garden. “We are on an island where kids are free to be happy”, I thought. We were having a rich breakfast with fresh tomatoes and homemade jams at Akarsu Kalyopi, a family-owned hostel in the center of Bozcaada. Ada (meaning island!) also lives there, with her parents and her grandma Seher, who has been running the hostel for more than forty years now. (Instagram: Kalyopi Bozcaada)

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Cheers to the Spirit of Gezi Park Protests!

It was early in the morning. I was making coffee and getting ready for work. A headline caught my attention: “We will eventually construct the artillery barracks at Gezi Park!” said the president of Turkey Erdoğan three years after the Gezi Park Protests.

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A Taste of Wim Wenders and Portuguese Wine

I’ve always loved films about cities. However, ‘Lisbon Story’, one of the greatest movies of Wim Wenders, has always been special for me. The film starts with the road trip of Philip Winter, a sound engineer, going from Berlin to Lisbon. Friedrich Monroe who is a film director and a friend of Winter, sends him a postcard to ask for help to finish his black and white movie about Lisbon. However, when Winter arrives, he cannot find Monroe, who is suffering from writer’s block.

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