We don’t get to drink or taste many Turkish wines and I was so excited when we chose Yapincak for the letter Y on Winephabet Street. We reached out to Andrea Lemieux who is known as the Quirky Cork and a champion in Turkish Wines to be our guest. She has just published a book The Essential Guide to Turkish Wine and it’s available on Amazon.

Winephabet Street is a monthly series where Lori Budd of Exploring the Wine Glass and I work our way through the alphabet exploring wine and wine regions one letter at a time. The show is live on the third Monday at 8pm and is free, but you must register to attend. Put it on your calendar, pour yourself a glass of wine and hang out with us.

Yapincak is pronounced ya-pin-juck. The grape produces a wide range of wines from dry, aged in stainless steel or oak and sparkling. It is grown in the Marmara and Aegean regions of Turkey around the Gallipoli Peninsula. Yapincak is also known as Kinali Yapincak. There are not a lot of wineries that are growing this grape and making wine with it. This was a real treat and such a great find.

During the webinar, I got to sample 2018 Sevilen Yapincak. I really liked the label and it was designed by their winemaker Sibel Coban Urentay. It pays honors the original architecture at the winery’s Murefte vineyards that sit along the Sea of Marmara. The wine was golden yellow in color, medium-bodied with notes of red apple, hints of minerality, white spice and medium acidity.

Please watch the webinar or listen to the podcast and learn about the amazing Yapincak grape.