In the ancient world, Greece was once one of the foremost producers of wine. However, in contrast to the country’s important wine heritage, modern Greek wines are only recently reaching the rest of the world. These days, Greece offers outstanding wine value and new varieties to expand your palate! And your vocabulary 😆 but don’t worry we’ve provided pronunciation! We’ve included one of our favorite hummus recipes to enjoy with these wines, and if you chose the add on this week make it a picnic and enjoy some Greek goodies!
Assyrtiko is one of the top wines in Greece, produced all over the country. Assyrtiko’s most impressive region is its place of origin on the island of Santorini. This is a lean white wine with passion fruit, flint, and lemon flavors, subtle bitterness, and saltiness on the finish.
Xinomavro is being hailed as “The Barolo of Greece,” where it grows in the regions Naoussa and Amyndeo because the wine can taste strikingly similar to Nebbiolo with dark cherry fruit, licorice, allspice, and occasionally subtle tomato notes with high-tannin and medium-plus acidity. This month's pick is a rose version of this grape!
Agiorgitiko is a well-known wine from Nemea, a region in Peloponnese which is most famous for this grape. These red wines are full-bodied with flavors of sweet raspberry, black currant, plum sauce, and nutmeg with subtle bitter herbs (somewhat like oregano) and smooth tannins. The wines are generous and fruity, similar in style to Merlot, but with slightly more spice.
Assyrtiko 100% On the nose the wine displays aromas of white fruits and flowers. On the palate, the citrus acidity balances with the alcohol and the round mouthfeel of the wine and finishes with a lingering aftertaste. An Assyrtiko wine with an intense character produced from young vines growing on the mountainous vineyards of Amyndeon. A wine ideal for food pairings: fish filet- roasted or poached, fried-cod, oven- roasted stuffed squid, pasta in sauce, white cheeses.
Xinomavro 100% The wine ages for 4 months with regular batonnage (1-2 times a week) in order for the creamier mouthfeel to balance the high acidity. It captures the dynamic spirit of Xinomavro into an elegant refreshing rose wine. Light body, fresh acidity with peach and strawberry aromas. Matches perfectly with Mediterranean cuisine.
90% Agiorgitiko, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Fermented in stainless steel vats. Black cherries, blackberries, plums, dried herbs, medium-bodied, crisp and elegant. The color is brilliant, medium-strength violet with pink hues. On the nose it is vivid and intense with aromas of black cherries, blackberries, hints of plums, violets and dried herbs. On the palate it has a medium body, moderate acidity with smooth tannins – all in harmony. The aftertaste is moderate with a gentle note of aniseed.
Instructions: drain can of beans, In a food processor blend together beans, spices, garlic, tahini, miso, until well incorporated. Then add lemon juice and slowly drizzle in oil until smooth. Top with toasted sesame seeds, feta, olive oil and fresh herbs of choice.
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