MVT: Ottoman Taverna Hosts An Exclusive Wine Dinner Featuring Vinkara Vineyard - Sept 19

Photo: Rey Lopez
On Monday, September 19th, 2016, Ottoman Taverna will host a guided tasting and winemaker’s dinner showcasing wines from Vinkara Vineyard, a 200-acre winery situated along the Kizilirmak River Basin in Ankara, Turkey. Founded by Ardıç Gürsel, Vinkara's philosophy is to introduce and build awareness of indigenous Anatolian grapes to the world by making wines that are ideally suited for their sites, soils, and climates. 
Guests at this special evening will explore the complex wines of Turkey, which have been carefully selected by Vinkara Vineyard's US Representative Marianne Castaldo to complement a seven-course dinner created by Executive Chef Ilhan Erkek. Castaldo will be attending to lead the dinner and answer questions about the featured wines. 

Tickets are priced at $69 per person (tax and gratuity not included). 

Wines featured for the evening are:
  • Vinkara, Narince, Ankara, Turkey 2014
  • Vinkara, Narince Reserve, Ankara, Turkey 2012
  • Vinkara, Kalecik Karasi, Ankara, Turkey 2013
  • Vinkara, Kalecik Karasi Reserve, Ankara, Turkey 2012
  • Vinkara, Bogazkere Reserve, Ankara, Turkey 2011
  • Vinkara, Okuzgozu, Ankara, Turkey 2013. 
 The complete dinner menu is posted below. 

Vinkara Wine Dinner Menu 

Chilled Raki-Infused Cucumber
with dill yogurt Sphere


Salmon Trio
raki salmon gravlax, dill salmon mousse, chilled sumac salmon


Sour Green Apple Sorbet


Braised Short Ribs
liver & herbed rice pilaf, morel mushroom, spicy tamarind caramel


Pan Seared Royal Seabass
almond & grape mousseline, confit pear tomatoes, petite greens


Butter Poached Lamb Loin
coriander eggplant puree, charred cherry peppers, mustard leaves


Grilled Cinnamon Quince
lemon leaves, champagne cloud

This special event is Monday, September 19th at 7:30 PM, limited seating is available and reservations are required by calling (202) 847-0395, or visit

Ottoman Taverna is located at 425 I (Eye) Street, NW,
 (on 4th Street, between K & I Streets).