Istanbul native Ertugrul “Art” Sevtap is former underwater oil worker and wine tour guide who started his own label in 2008 and makes a passion-driven line of wines. This Sauvignon Blanc, named after his hometown, offers nicely rounded melon aromas with saffron, toasted herbs and spiced nuts, scents which are pleasing if not varietally typical. The amazing nose goes a tad flat on the palate, where nuttiness overwhelms the acidity. But it's soft and massaging to the mouth, and would make great partner for a croque monsieur.
A fifth generation Californian originally from San Jose, Matt Kettmann covers California’s Central Coast and South Coast for the magazine. He is also the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, where he’s worked since 1999, has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator, and Smithsonian, and co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, a music festival.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.