Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Why Greek wines are about to become the next big thing in the world of wine....
Pine resin-scented Retsina has maybe left a rather bitter taste to some wine drinkers - even if most of them really loved it under the shade of a Greek Taverna on a Cycladic island accompanied by delicious Greek mezedes (tapas) - but Greek wine in general has moved on, and it’s poised to become the next big thing, with more Greek labels making their way into trendy restaurants beyond the Greek/Ethnic Gastronomy around the world.
More than 300 indigenous grapes are grown in the country’s 28 wine-growing appellations, which are home to more than 650 wineries. And the quality & value has only been getting better over the last 15 years. The New Greek wines combine the firm acid and mineral structure of many European wines with the ripe, bright fruitiness often found in hotter
New World regions. The country’s core strength is
aromatic yet steely whites like Moschofilero and Assyrtiko that will appeal to
Riesling and Gewürztraminer fans. Lighter-weight, complex reds like Xinomavro
and Agiorgitiko are similar to Pinot Noir and Italian Nebbiolo.
If you have never tried a Greek wine so far, maybe it is now the right time to do so at one of your next visits to either a super market / liquor store, or at the closest restaurant either Greek or not...
I am sure you will love this trip to taste with something beyond the good old Cabernets & Chardonnays....
After all, how long can Dionysus be denied?