What does Shebnem Ince look for in a wine?
This is kind of cliché, but a sense of transparency. We look for things that don’t involve a lot of commercial production; we’re not looking for things that have 10,000 acres and 12 different production facilities. It’s really important to me that there’s a relationship between the winemaker and the land, and that there’s not a lot of additives in between the first pruning of the vines and the finished product — like a minimum of involvement or intervention. So I always look for that.
And I want the wine to be reminiscent of where it’s from and taste like its place. I guess that old sense of terroir. People use that term a lot; it’s a very vague concept, but we do look for that when we’re choosing wine.