For two weeks (June 8 – 22), New York’s top restaurants and retailers are going Greek! Join the New Wines of Greece as we invite you to visit your favorite restaurants and retailers for special promotions, tastings, discounts, food-pairings and much, much more!

All you have to do is go to celebrategreekwines.com, and check out the restaurants and retailers and their promotions. You can even book your table on the site directly through OpenTable. Pretty convenient, huh? Now all you have to do is pick who to bring with you and what to eat! (decisions, decisions).

Who: New York’s Top Restaurants and Retailers

What: Two weeks of incredible food and Greek wine promotions

When: June 8 – 22, 2012

Where: Visit www.celebrategreekwines.com for participating restaurants and retailers throughout New York.

Why
: Who doesn’t like to dine and drink great wine?

New York – get ready to CELEBRATE GREEK WINES!

Greece and wine go back about 4,000 years. Just as Greece created the concept of culture, democracy, philosophy, mathematics, etc. (because we could honestly spend this whole article talking about the things the Greeks have brought us), they also developed the first appellation system and even the first wine glass.

As the third most mountainous country in Europe and, in large part, an island nation, Greece has never been an easy place to make wine. However, its distinct topography enables the cultivation of cool weather grapes in a warm weather clime, an unexpected attribute of Greek wines and their diverse terrior.

So, what should you expect? Expect wines with a perfect balance of high acidity and low alcohol. In other words, white wines that taste crisp and fresh and reds that are silky and elegant. Both work beautifully with a variety of foods.

Though Greece has about 350 indigenous varietals (along with international varietals), the four flagship grapes are: Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Agiorgitiko and Xinomavro (extra points if you can pronounce them – hint: the ‘g’ sounds like a ‘y’). You can learn more about them and Greece at www.newwinesofgreece.com.