Be Inspired Wine Pairing
In collaboration with Roberto Dessanti of Euro Concepts
Complete your vicarious trip to Turkey with these four Turkish wines. Order this month’s wine pack here for $125.
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While international grapes play an important role in Turkey’s wine industry, local winemakers also work with over 50 indigenous varieties. Somer has showcased Turkish wines for many years, and I’m excited to be able to offer four wines that he and I selected to match this month’s main courses: two indigenous and two great examples of how Turkey’s winemakers are putting their own stamp on international varietals.
Isabey 2020 Sauvignon Blanc – Chicken Kebaps
This crisp, textured sauv blanc from the Aegean, Turkey’s most productive wine region, has good fruit and length reminiscent of my favourite SB region, the Adelaide Hills. It marries really well with the red pepper paste in the marinade and pomegranate molasses in the salad that accompanies our kebaps.
Plato 2016 Kalecik Karasi – Stuffed Dried Eggplants
Kara means black in Turkish, and this indigenous black grape from Kalecik near Ankara was almost extinct. It produces a versatile, aromatic medium-bodied gamay-like wine, that beautifully plays off the acid of the tomato and yoghurt in this dish.
Nativus 2018 Narince – Balik Ekmek
Indigenous Narince is the most widely-grown white grape in Anatolia, an appropriate full-bodied match for our classic Istanbul-style ‘fish sandwich. There’s enough acid to meet the lemon head on, while the melon and tropical fruit notes marry beautifully with the tarator.
Sevilen 2017 Centum Syrah – Köfte
This full-bodied red is a good example of Turkish shiraz. With dark fruit, a touch of smoke and chocolate, it’s a great match for our meaty köfte and the creamy tahini- dressed salad accompanying it.
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Turkey is the fourth largest producer of wine grapes in the world and the region of modern day Turkey was likely home to some of the earliest cultivated grape vines. Biblical accounts have Noah planting vines near where his ark landed, widely thought to be Mount Ararat on Turkey’s border with Iran; and wine has been made in Georgia, on Turkey’s north-eastern border, for at least 8,000 years.