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A selection of the best wines in the Eastern Mediterranean.


(Une sélection des meilleurs vins en Méditerranée de l’Est)

  • Greece

Agiorgitiko: This grape produces lush, velvety reds with black-cherry flavors.

Agiorgitiko, which is the most widely planted grape in Greece, is most easily comparable to Cabernet Sauvignon, as it has similar dark fruit flavors of prunes and plums, and the same heavy tannins that dry your mouth out and beg for the wine to be drunk alongside meat. It’s also due to this similarity that you can often find the two grapes blended together. It’s a powerful and bold red wine that fans of this style will love, which is what makes it go so well with the heavier meat dishes.

  • Turkey

Öküzgözü: is a grape variety and a Turkish wine produced from this grape. “It’s called ‘bull’s eye’ because it’s a big, round, dark grape.

The grape is one of the two native grape varieties of Elazığ province, located on the Anatolian plateau at the north of the Taurus Mountains. Öküzgözü makes bright, fruit-driven red wines. These grapes make a full-bodied, intense red wine that marries well with food and can benefit from time spent in cellar.

  • Lebanon

Ixsir red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon Variety):Plenty of fruit with licquorice on the finish – and yet, it is dry with elegance, enveloped in fine, soft oak, and finishing very long.

This (unusual) red blend of Caladoc, Syrah, Tempranillo made with the help of St-Emilion’s Hubert de Boüard (of Château Angélus) from vines grown at an altitude of 1,000 metres is refined and elegant, a pronounced streak of freshness giving verve and definition to the blackcurrant fruit, while the tannins are polished to a fine sheen. 90/100: The Wine Gang

  • Egypt

According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, today Egypt produces about half a million gallons of wine a year (about as much as England). This is a remarkable amount of wine, especially considering that 75% of Egypt’s population are (mostly) non-drinking Muslims.

There are only a very few modern Egyptian wines in production. Egypt’s climate is simply too hot and dry to support viticulture on any scale. Although vines are famously fond of dry conditions, they need a certain amount of water for respiration and photosynthesis. Beyond that, water makes up a significant part of the grapes which are, after all, the entire point of viticulture. The famously fertile Nile Delta (one of the world’s largest river deltas) is the only part of Egypt where viticulture is a practical enterprise. The delta is formed as the Nile River fans out before draining into the Mediterranean. It stretches westwards along the coast from Port Said to Alexandria (home of the Muscat of Alexandria grape), and thus benefits from the cooling effects of the nearby sea.

Grand Marquis: This wine needs food like red meats because of its power.

Sometimes sweet or simple red , smooth, easy, middle of the road, clear, vanilla, silky, short finish, well integrated, diluted like a Crystal Light packet, blackberry jam, Egyptian version of table wine, low sugar, low tannins.

  • Cyprus

Marathevtiko: its grapes can give rich wines with soft tannins and aromas of cherries and black chocolate. With proper care it offers an excellent wine with great body, intense color and a pleasant bouquet. The characteristics of this wine rank it among the most high-quality varieties of our country with prospects of development. Specifically, it is characterized by a scent of freshly cut grass, vanilla, berries and wood.

Maratheftiko does not have hermaphrodite flowers like many cultivated grape varieties and requires co-planting with other varieties in order to achieve fertilisation and fruit development. This exceptional variety was grown amongst other grape varieties and was used in winemaking only to improve the colour and body of wines made from the local Mavro. Maratheftiko still represents only 3% of cultivated vineyards on the island but has become extremely popular among Cypriot winemakers and wine enthusiasts.

  • Palestine

Taybeh wine.(source)

Nadim Khoury, a Palestinian who is known for establishing Taybeh Brewery, has also opened a winery in the West Bank Christian majority village of Taybeh. Using 21 indigenous varieties of grapes, the wines produced were quick to gain visitors’ praise.Khoury admits that Israeli restrictions has made it difficult to do business, his shipments for example, including his wine-making equipment, have been delayed because of Israeli checkpoint inspections.The family behind the wine and beer says they are carrying out “peaceful resistance” by investing in their homeland and staying put.A wine festival is now held annually in the town.

Nadim Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, elegant and complex wine that exhibits flavors of local spices and ripe cherry. Its equilibrated acidity and persistent tannins allow this wine to age effortlessly for years. Nadim Merlot is a well-balanced, medium-bodied and aromatic wine. The nose and palate exhibit intense aromas of fresh herbs combined with hints of cherry and a background of earth. Its maturity and smooth tannins allows for immediate enjoyment of this wine.

Watchtower of… this beautiful world


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

 

  • Capturing landscapes from Samsun to Batumi in Blacksea Region.

  • Directed and edited : Nakeeb Yaghi music performance : Ajabb Din

  • Watchtower of Turkey got nominated Best of Vimeo 2014 and Leonardo Dalessandri, the young Italian filmmaker who made it, got offers from producers all around the world to work with him.

  • This film is an homage to Lebanon and Leonardo Dalessandri’s :Watchtower of Turkey

  • Watchtower of Luxor and Aswan

  • Watchtower of Lisbon: One big city full of light. The unique colors, flavors and smells from a wonderful Lisbon, portrayed and abbreviated in a few days. I could make one hundred videos about this city, which as so much to offer, without repeating myself. Lisbon is and will always be “menina e moça”.

Une sélection des courts-métrages à regarder sans hésiter !/ A list of inspirational short films to watch!


<<Bon voyage et laissez-vous emporter>>
  1. “Effect”-Directed By – Atom Film. -Turquie/Turkey: Supposing you received new eyes, donated by a man who recently died in a car accident? This award-winning Turkish film tells the story of the recipient of an eye transplant who starts seeing the last hours of the donor’s life through them, including his beautiful wife. An unsettling love story told in reverse.

fr:Supposant que vous avez reçu de nouveaux yeux, qui font l’objet de dons par un homme qui est récemment mort dans un accident de la route ? Ce film turc primé raconte l’histoire du destinataire ayant reçu une transplantation des yeux qui commence à voir les dernières heures de la vie du donateur à travers “ses yeux” y compris sa belle femme. Une histoire d’amour troublante racontée à l’envers!

2.  ‘Watchtower of Turkey‘ :  Nominated as Best Video of 2014 on Vimeo, Final Cut Pro X provided all the tools for Leonardo Dalessandri to produce a spectacular and inspirational piece of work. Music:  Ludovico Einaudi – Experience.

fr:‘Le Mirador de la Turquie ‘ : Nommé  comme la Meilleure Vidéo de 2014 sur Vimeo, la Finale Cut Pro X a fourni tous les outils à Leonardo Dalessandri, le réalisateur, pour produire un travail spectaculaire et inspirant.

3.  “A Letter To The SkyIranian  Short Film: A boy named “Mahdi” lost his firefighter father who saved a little girl from a deadly fire. Out of missing his father, Mahdi decides to write him a letter and send it to the sky (heaven) with two helium balloons. A stranger receives the letter accidentally, reads it and decides to reply on behalf of Mahdi’s father to end Mahdi’s confusion and grief.

fr: Un garçon nommé “Mahdi” a perdu son père de pompier qui a sauvé la vie d’une petite fille pendant un  incendie mortel. Du manque de son père,  Mahdi décide de lui écrire une lettre en l’envoyant au ciel accrochée sur  deux ballons d’hélium. Un étranger reçoit la lettre accidentellement, la lit et décide donc de répondre en se faisant passer pour le père de Mahdi pour mettre fin à  la confusion et le chagrin que Mahdi subit.

4.  “Ecce Hommos”Comedy (2009): Lebanon/Liban: Full of enthusiasm and hope, a young Lebanese filmmaker, script in hand, knocks on the door of an « international » producer to pitch his film project. Written & Directed by Claude El Khal. Produced by Zoe Productions.
fr: Ecce Hommos, un court-métrage très amusant de Claude El Khal.  Le sujet traite des Clichés sur le Liban, l’humour est présent et très bien représenté. Ecrit et dirigé par Claude El Khal.

5. “Les feuilles mortes (Dead Leaves)”Court Métrage,Maroc/ Franceun court-métrage consacré aux attentats du 13 novembre ayant sévi en France.

fr: Short film talking aboutthe Paris terror attacks which left 129 people dead.

6. “Ambargo | Embargo – Short Video of Cyprus”-(Video – Mahmut Ersin Altan) : The video Embargo, is related with the problems in Cyprus, which are not visible, have been forgotten or became the reality. Except the real conflicts, these small problems have been accepted by the community without deserving them.

fr:/ La vidéo titrée Embargo, nous raconte des problèmes quotidiens à Chypre, qui ne sont pas visibles qui ont été oubliés ou sont devenus desormais la réalité. En étant  exclus des autres conflits réels, ces petits problèmes ont été acceptés par la communauté sans les mériter et surtout les jeunes.

7. “Le dernier passager- The Last Passenger”: (Algérie-Algeria) by Mounes Khammar

A young jumps from a cliff. Before leaving forever, his soul pays a visit to his two impossible loves: a woman, and the stage of a concert hall

fr:/ Un jeune homme saute dans le vide, avant de disparaitre à jamais, son âme rend une dernière visite à ses deux amours impossibles : une femme et une scène de concert.

8. «STOLEN dreams/ Lesves volés» – short film- Palestine

This is a story of a Palestinian child who lost his mother as well as his country and childhood… Will he be able to keep his dreams?

fr:/Ceci est une histoire d’un enfant palestinien qui a perdu sa mère aussi bien que son pays et son enfance à jamais… Pourra-t-il garder ses rêves?

  • 10. “The other pair/L’autre aire” Directed by / Réalisateur: ٍSarah Rozik. (Egypte/ Egypt)

Egyptian short film (just over 4 minutes) that won an award at the Luxor Film Festival

.A  video that talks about sharing, reciprocity and recalls an episode from the life of Gandhi: getting on a train, he lost a shoe on the tracks. He tried to take it when the train was about to leave, but it was impossible. Then he took off the other shoe and threw it next to each other. Someone, astonished, asked him why he had done it. So Gandhi replied, smiling: “A poor man who finds one shoe would not know what to do with it

fr:/Gagnant d’un festival du court_métrage en Egypte (2014), un court-métrage qui a été inspiré par la vie de Gandhi. Un jour, Gandhi était à bord d’un train avec un certain nombre de disciples et de compagnons quand il perd une chaussure qui disparaît entre les wagons. Incapable de la récupérer, il enlève l’autre chaussure et la jette vers la première. Pour répondre à la perplexité de ses compagnons de voyage, Ghandi explique qu’il serait plus profitable pour une pauvre personne de trouver une paire de chaussure que d’en trouver une seule.

Lebanon ready to Join East Mediterranean Race for Oil and Gas (en/fr)


Reuters reported yesterday, that Lebanon intends to restart its first oil and gas licensing round after a three-year delay, the energy minister said on Thursday, hoping to kick-start the development of a hydrocarbon industry stalled by national political paralysis. Continue reading Lebanon ready to Join East Mediterranean Race for Oil and Gas (en/fr)