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November 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Ankara Unveils New Wine List Focused On Emerging, Indigenous Grape Varietals

Highlights Wines of the Region

Washington, DC – (November 10, 2015) – In recognition of the renaissance Turkish wines are currently experiencing and to salute Turkey’s role as the origin of wine making dating back thousands of years, Ankara introduces a new wine list with an emphasis on lesser-known indigenous grape varietals and wines of the region. The new wine list emphasizes Turkish wines as well as wines from Greece, Georgia and Italy. Grape varietals found solely in Turkey such as Emir (eh-MEER), Narince (nah-RIN-cheh), Kalecik Karasi (kah-LE-chic KAR-ah-sehr), Boğazkere (bow-aahs-KEER-ee) and Öküzgözü (oh-cooz-Go-zoo) are a sampling of the lesser-known varietals found on the list. Ankara partnered with Sommelier Andrew Stover, one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, to create the highly curated list. The new wine list is available now. See it here.

“Turkish wines and indigenous grape varietals are perfect for adventurous wine lovers interested in trying something a little more off the beaten path, but we hope all our guests will embrace the opportunity to try wines that are new to them,” said Erin Gorman, Ankara’s marketing director.

“Many of the Turkish wines on the new list are indigenous grape varietals that are unknown to most guests but offer comparative flavors to some of the internationally known grape varieties with which they are familiar. So the list is organized by flavor profile and includes short flavor descriptions for each wine to make it easy to understand the wines,” said Stover.

In a nod to the viticulture of the Mid-Atlantic region, the list also includes selections from local winemakers as well.

To encourage guests to explore these new wines and grape varietals, all wines by the bottle are ½ price on Monday’s and a selection of wines by the glass are available during Happy Hour for $5. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Happy Hour drink prices are also available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday during lunch.

For interview requests, full menus, photos and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or



Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu features the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes.  Ankara will serve lunch Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; dinner Monday – Sunday from 5 p.m. – 12 midnight and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Happy Hour is available on the patio and in the bar Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to – 7 p.m. The restaurant seats 120 indoors & 115 al fresco on the patio. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Reservations can be made by going to Open Table or by contacting the restaurant directly. For more on Ankara, go to, follow on Facebook and Twitter or call 202-293-6301.

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