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Jun 03
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Istanbul Eats Drinks: Selendi Gülpembe Rosé 2010

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(Editor’s Note: This post is part of our ongoing “wine talks” with sommelier and oenophile Serdar Kombe. Today he looks at a favorite Turkish rosé.)

1. Before we talk about this specific wine, tell us a bit about rosé in general: When do you drink it? Neither red nor white – is it nothing more than the spork of wines?
Rosé wines are generally sneered at by wine connoisseurs, but many people find their crispness and lightness very refreshing in hot weather, leading to them being often referred to as summer wines. Styles vary widely, but in general, a rosé wine is much simpler than a true heavyweight white or red wine – even if made from the same grapes. European rosé wines are generally dry, while those from the United States tend to be sweeter. Sometimes, this distinction is highlighted by referring to sweet rosé wines as “blush” wines.

Rosé wines are actually some of the most versatile, food-friendly wines around. They have had an image problem to overcome, since many consumers mistake rosé wines to be overly sweet and in the category of “starter wines.”

2. Is Turkey is a good place to make rosé? What grapes are usually used to make rosé in Turkey?
Actually, Turkey has a lot of rosé potential in terms of the grapes grown here. Almost all of the best known rosé making grapes are grown in Turkey, plus we have own traditional grape varietals such as Kalecik Karası, Çalkarası and others.

On the other hand, we are really only beginning to make good rosé wine in Turkey. Skill- and technique-wise we are still quite weak! Turkish wine producers need to look around more in order to make world-class rosé. Based on what I observed so far, they don’t have a passion for making good rosé wine!

3. In that case, what can you tell us about the Selendi Gülpembe rosé? What caught your attention about this wine?
When I first tasted this wine, I felt as if it could have come from the famous Provence region of France. Continue…


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