Category Archives: Greek Wine

Greek Wines: Aromatic Whites and Ageworthy Reds

Greece is estimated to have over 200 indigenous grape varieties. Roughly 70% of Greek production is white wine, and I’m a big fan of the terrific, minerally and often highly aromatic whites made from indigenous grape varieties. They’re ideal for summer drinking. I also enjoy many of the reds, especially those with a few years of bottle age. Increasingly available in the U.S., most of these wines are not only wonderfully food friendly, they’re also excellent values. Continue reading

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2011 Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting: Highs and Lows

This is an event I look forward to every year, even if I’ve ragged a bit on the opacity of the selection criteria in the past. There’s always an eclectic group of producers ranging from the very well known and perpetually excellent to the less well known and only occasionally excellent, or at least aspiring to excellence. There’s enough of each to keep it interesting. There’s also always great food on hand. This year’s venue, the Metreon, had its pluses and minuses. The view from the Metreon balcony is one of the best in San Francisco, so the outdoor, balcony part of the event, especially given the beautiful weather conditions, proved to be a scenic and inspiring place to taste wine. The indoor part, on the other hand, especially after dark, tended to be gloomy, cavernous and more than a little depressing. Continue reading

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Wines of Greece Seminar and Tasting

I’m happy to say that none of the wines included any pine resin, and that several of the reds, and many of the whites, were striking in their minerality, aromatics, intriguing and unusual flavors, and good acidity. As you can see from my scores, I generally favor the Greek whites to the reds, but a few of the reds were impressive, and I would very much like to try some of the more complex reds with 10 or more years of bottle age. Continue reading

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