I never really understood the appeal of a “pub crawl;” I figured it was simply an exercise in deliberately getting drunk interspersed with a few minutes of low-impact workout as one went from bar to bar. But the other night I engaged in what could be called a “wine bar crawl” with mostly wonderful results.
Occasionally, Turks and Frogs will offer special tasting flights, and they are considering a white/rosé flight for summer. I encourage that opportunity, as I found it is truly worth taking a gamble on some of the Turkish wines they do offer by the glass, even though the region or grape varieties may be unfamiliar to you.
For example, the 2009 Kavalklidere Emir de Neusehir Çankaya had a nose of melon and a little barnyard-y terroir, and was pleasant and light with interesting florals and well-balanced crisp acidity.  I also really enjoyed the rosé 2008 Kavalklidere Lâl Kevasi Aegean, which had a light peach color, a bright nose of Bing cherry, rose petals, and something almost like marzipan. It was very dry with a perfumey palate of minerals, roses, and a bit of brick dust. 
With an early-evening Spring breeze floating through the open door, the attentive, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and many more intriguing options on the menu (wine and food,) it was hard to leave. But it was time to “crawl” to our next stop, which was helpfully just around the corner.
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Up next: Austrian influence at THE UPHOLSTERY STORE.