Winemaking in Turkey can be traced back some 7,000 years, and today it’s the sixth-largest grape-producing country in the world. Yet only a small percentage of its grapes are used to make wine, and finding Turkish wine here is a challenge. In fact, it was just last month that I first spotted some in our market. Global Foods Market is now carrying a small selection from Kavaklidere Wines, the country’s largest producer. Founded in 1929, Kavaklidere is now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Below is a description of two of its wines made from native grapes.
Kavaklidere 2015 Çankaya, Central Anatolia-Aegean
Bought • Global Foods Market, 421 North Kirkwood Road, in September for $11.99
Description • This dry white wine is a blend of 35 percent narince, 35 percent emir and 30 percent sultana. It has an exotic floral aroma and is quite fruity, tasting of pears and a touch of spice. A little rustic, the Çankaya is a soft wine that’s not very acidic. It ends with a long finish. This white should be consumed young and would go well with fish and chicken dishes.
Kavaklidere 2015 Yakut, Eastern Anatolia
Bought • Global Foods Market, 421 North Kirkwood Road, in September for $13.95
Description • This dry red combines two native grapes, bogazkere and öküzgözü, that are often found blended together. Bogazkere adds tannins and structure while öküzgözü adds acidity. Medium- to full-bodied, this is a very flavorful, intensely fruity red that has firm tannins and tastes of black cherries. The fruitiness and big flavor of this wine would make it a good match for barbecue sauce and meat dishes.