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Oct 26
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Supermarket Cellars: A Perfect White Table Wine

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(Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment in our ongoing feature, “Supermarket Cellars,” which aims to uncover those drinkable Turkish wines that won’t kill your budget or – let’s face it – you. In charge of this mission is Aaron Stein – an expert on nuclear non-proliferation issues and PhD student by day, avid wine drinker and enthusiast by night – who has been assigned the thankless task of scouring the low end of Istanbul’s wine department shelves for budget-friendly diamonds in the rough. We plan on featuring his discoveries on a regular basis for as long as he can survive this hazardous assignment.)

Istanbul summers are hot and unbearable. The crowded concrete-filled city radiates heat and few, if any, taxis are air-conditioned. However, as most of Europe begins the descent into winter, Istanbul’s warm weather lingers. Therefore, fans of drinking chilled Turkish whites can continue to indulge well into November.

As I’ve noted before, a favorite pastime of my fellow Istanbulites is to watch life from a chair on the balcony and gossip about anything new or unusual. White wine is the perfect complement to this age-old tradition. However, most “drinkable” Turkish whites continue to be priced out of my comfort zone and make the idea of wasting an expensive bottle of wine on such a trivial activity unthinkable. Continue…

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2 responses - Posted 06.08.12
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3 responses - Posted 04.06.12
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3 responses - Posted 03.16.12
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7 responses - Posted 02.27.12
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2 responses - Posted 01.06.12
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no responses - Posted 04.01.11
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1 response - Posted 03.04.11
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