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The Drync Greek Wine Guide
August 5, 2014
Greece has been cultivating the art of winemaking for thousands of years, yet it was not until recently that Greek wines started to get some serious international buzz. Few consumers were aware of these beauties until quite recently. With Greece’s economic crisis affecting the local market, winemakers started to focus on exports. The emphasis has shifted to top quality wines competitive for the international market. Greece is blessed with an abundance of unique micro-climates and passionate producers, so this did not prove to be much of a challenge. If you are new to Greek wines here is a simple and effective way of determining your selections. No matter what your vinous preference, we have got a Greek wine for you to try.
If you like your white wines crisp yet aromatic, try Moschofilero
Don’t worry if you cannot pronounce Moschofilero (prounounced MOHS-koh-FEE-leh-roh). It is indeed a tongue twister, but one well worth tasting. The area of Mantinia, not far from Nemea in Peloponnesus, produces some of the best Moschofilero wines in Greece. This is a must for fans of dry muscats or Gewurztraminers. It is crisp, elegant, enviable and unique, yet quite complex which makes it an excellent pairing with Asian dishes (exquisite with Asian fusion cuisine). The Nasiakos Moschofilero is a great example, and a steal at under $20.
If you like your whites with lots of minerals and acidity, try Assyrtiko
The island of Santorini is known for its breathtaking views and mineral-driven white wines. The varieties that proliferate here are the aromatic, full-bodied Assyrtiko and Athiri. These grapes are also exceptionally good at transmitting terroir; one can taste the volcanic soil in which they thrive. Sigalas and Argyros are award-winning producers that consistently produce delicious wines.
If you like full-bodied, robust reds, try Agiorgitiko
If you love Cabernet Sauvignon try Greece’s Agiorgitiko. The best examples come from the area of Nemea in the Peloponnese peninsula. For you Greek mythology geeks, yes, that is the same Nemea where Hercules had to chase the terrible Nemean Lion. Due to it’s similarity to other Bordelaise varieties, Agiorgitikos are often blended with Cabernet and Merlot. The Skouros Megos Oenos is a perfect example.
If you like light, delicate reds try Xinomavro
For those who like Pinot Noir, try Northern Greece’s Xinomavro. The best Xinomavro comes from the area of Naousa (try Kir-Yianni Ramnista) near Thessaloniki. If you have heard that Greek reds are weak or boring, Xinomavro will put an end to that! So next time you decide to try something beyond the usual suspects of Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc allow yourself to be adventurous and try some “Greek”…you will be pleasantly surprised.
Need somewhere to start? Check out our full list of Greek and unique selections.
Alexia Warner is the founder of FlavorTeaze.com. With a unique sense of humor and much determination she came to the US from Thessaloniki Greece in 1991 and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Economics. Her love for the Mediterranean lifestyle led her to FlavorTeaze, a purely e-commerce Greek gourmet shop offering an eclectic range of authentic Greek food and wine products. She travels to Greek vineyards and personally selects all the wines featured online at FlavorTeaze.com