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DC — Black Sea Wines
August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Discussing two regions and 8 wines with Importer, Serghei Gulceac.
Moldova (Republic of)
Few people know where Moldova is and even fewer people are aware that Moldova is actually a significant wine producer, reliant as it has been on exports to its former Soviet neighbors. Until recently, very few of its wines made it to western markets, but that is all changing with a number of Moldovan wines arriving in Western Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Asia. Moldova lies on the far eastern edge of Europe, sandwiched between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the east, in the Black Sea basin, where the vine originates. The landscape features green, gently rolling hills covered with vines at every turn, with rich black soil overlying limestone bedrock full of fossilized shells, left over from the time this region was under the Pannonian sea. As well as great soils and sunny slopes, Moldova lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux (46-47˚ latitude north), though its climate is more continental, moderated by the nearby Black Sea, so conditions for growing good grapes are pretty much ideal. Wine is the lifeblood of Moldova, winemaking here dates back to at least 3,000 years BC. In Moldova today, the wine industry is working hard to reinvent itself as a modern European wine country.
Turkey (Republic of)
An eastern Mediterranean country forming a bridge between the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Turkey is the number one wine producing Muslim country in the world. Turkey has the fifth largest vineyard area in the world and is home to a countless variety of heirloom grapes. Vineyards have always been a dominating feature of Anatolian and Thracian landscapes. It is true that most of the grapes end on plates, not in glasses, but there is also a considerable portion that is destined for the bottle. Most table grapes are consumed as fruit either fresh or dried, or transformed into molasses, fruit leather or sweetmeats, yet wine making has always been a part of Anatolian history. The first-ever viticulture laws in the world were established during the Hittite period about four millennia ago to safeguard the Anatolian vineyards. Despite traces of viticulture in Anatolia dating back nearly 7,000 years, there is almost no background information on winemaking. The main difficulty has been the absence of a written rulebook and winemaking records. It is also to note that because of the religious beliefs, previously winemakers were not actually tasting their wines, having to leave 65 or more grams of residual sugar in each liter of wine. Following the declaration of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, alcohol was controlled by a government monopoly. However, in 1935, the country leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk launched a research program into Turkish wine, giving two French viticulturists, M. Bouffard and M. Biron, the task of studying Turkey’s indigenous grapes and wine regions and establishing which grapes were suited to which areas. This prompted the creation of 28 wineries across the country, including Kayra’s facility in Elazığ which began production in 1944.
Wine Club Membership Tokens Accepted.
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