You know that when I get a wine tasting invitation, I rarely turn it down! I mean, why would I…they’re serving wine?? But this time the invitation was for the New Wines of Greece with Steve Olson (aka wine geek)
and a full lunch. No chance I was missing it! And I was so glad to be in attendance, as it was the place to be. I’ve had Greek wines before, but never this many and never this many that were amazing. Greece uses a few global varieties but were they really shine are there own home-grown, indigenous varietals.
Malagousia (white) — Soft and elegant in flavor, yet hugely aromatic.
Moschofilero (white) — One of the earliest varietals in Greece, this one is late ripening with medium acidity and a rich fruity aroma.
Roditis (white) — Found mostly in soils at a certain altitude and in hotter climates, the wines are dry with gripping acidity and a light, fruity aroma.
Assyrtiko (white) — Very responsive to its ‘terroir’ it really shines when grown in the volcanic soils of Santorini. The dry climate and tons of sunlight lend to a wine rich in body and high acidity with a fruity, floral nose.
Agiorgitiko (red) — Most often made in a dry style with soft tannins, this grape can produce sweet wine and rose as well. When aged it shows a complex bouquet of aromas with a very long finish.
Xinomavro — Some say it’s the rival of Agiorgitiko but I say, “Can’t we all just get along?!” Every grape has its own place :-) This one though, with its deep red color and strong acidity/alcohol, those aromas…. Oh, and the finish just won’t quit!
So those are the grapes. Then we sat down to a full, 4 course lunch with 4 accompanying flights of wine. You’d hate me if I put pics of all the food in this post. So, I’ll spare you this time. You’re welcome! But I will tell you the 2 dessert wines:
2006 Paraparoussis Muscat Rio Patras (white muscat) and the 2004 Sigalas Vinsanto with their honeyed, peachy aromas and flavors did everything I needed to send me back to the day job with a nap on my mind!!
But in all seriousness, the next time you are in your wine shop and looking for something new to try, ask if they have Greek wines. Please believe me, you will not be disappointed. At all.