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Snooth User: kranest

Wines in Greece?

Posted by kranest, Feb 2, 2009.

My wife and I are headed to the Greek Islands for two weeks in June. We're looking for a heads up of some good wines to try while we're there. Any suggestions?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 3, 2009.

Wow, tough questions. There's plenty of really great wine coming out of Greece these days. I think your best bet is to drink locally while you are there. I don't know what wine distribution is like in Greece but for the most part we here in the states have better access to a Country's wines than is frequently available on their own retail shelves.

Having said that some grapes are standouts;

Moschofilero

Agiorgitiko

Assyrtiko

Xynomavro

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Reply by Philip James, Feb 4, 2009.

Thats outside of my realm of knowledge, but tell me which islands are you visiting? There's some great sailing around there...

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Reply by aronowm2, Oct 15, 2009.

Hey Greg, what are the best food pairings for Xynomavro?

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Reply by chadrich, Oct 15, 2009.

It's a broad generalization, but I found the whites and roses generally better than the reds. If you make it to Santorini, there's a winery you can visit on the island.

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 15, 2009.

Xinomavro is usually a pretty structured wine. Lots of tannin and acid so it works well with rich, fatty foods. Braised lamb shoulder for example or wild boar would be great matches.

I read that many people compare Xinomavro with Nebbiolo. I think it's got a bit of Syrah like character as well so would pair it with dishes that go well with assertive, rich Syrah. It's a bit more fleshy than Nebbiolo but I can see the cause for the comparison.

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 15, 2009.

Here's an older thread where I talk about a few Greek wines I like:
http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/re...

As Philip asked, where specifically are you planning to visit? Lots of islands, and different wines in them. And as Philip also mentioned, the sailing there is beyond gorgeous. Personally, the Cyclades (together with some other Greek islands) and the Sea of Timor are just about the two most beautiful places to sail I know of in the world...

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 15, 2009.

Or should I rather ask, kranest, where did you visit this past June, and how did you find the wines, etc. in the Greek Isles?

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Reply by courgette, Oct 15, 2009.

One of my all-time favorite wine memories is stopping at a roadside somewhere in the Peloponnesus-- we were flagged down by a black-garbed crone who looked like she'd been around when Agamemnon was still the King. I think we bought oranges from her, but the really memorable item was a bottle of "Blood of Hercules," a single-grape (Agiogitiko) red from Nemea (where Hercules purportedly killed the Nemean lion).

Here's a link to a high-class version: http://www.stylegourmet.com/wine/ta...

I imagine our crone-supplied bottle was a more rustic rendition, but wine bought from a million year old lady on a country road, and quaffed directly from the bottle, has a special deliciousness.


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