The winemaker Palivos from Nemea, Peleponnese, produces Agiorgitiko in different styles. Agiorgitiko is one of the most important Greek red varieties. This is unoaked and has a real delicious factor to it, lots of bright cherry elements. I always think of Agiorgitiko as the Jennifer Aniston of Greek wine: Nearly everyone likes her, easy to hang out with, nice personality, a crowd pleaser. This wine is great with slightly spicy cuisine like Vietnamese food.
Pin this and I will select a random person to whom I'll ship a bottle, worldwide. Kir Yianni winery from Naoussa. Grape variety is the indigenous Xinomavro, the most intruiging of all the red grape varieties from Greece. Think of Xinomavro as the Angelina Jolie of Greek wine: An almost uncanny ability to draw in your senses, a lot of personality, wild in youth, ageing gracefully while gaining complexity. Apart from red fruit, get seduced by sun-dried tomoato and black olives aromas.
Antonopoulos Vineyards from Achaia, Peleponnese. Grape variety is the indigenous Vertzami, which is now thought to have originated from the island of Lefkada. 100% varietal wines are rare, but this one is a real treat. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in Lefkada that have an altitude of 1000 feet. Cassis, black berries and truffles. Bold and rich on the palate, with gentle tannins, breathtaking harmony. Needs rich food.
Pin this and I will select a random person to whom I will ship a bottle to from my personal cellar, worldwide (with this label, which is only available in the US market). Domaine Zafeirakis from Tyrnavos, a young wine maker who is receiving a lot of praise. Grape variety is the indigenous Malagousia, which was rescued in the 1970ies and has since been planted in many Greek wine regions. It has become one of the most important indigenous grape varieties of Greece. Citrus fruit, lime and green…
Aivalis Estate from Nemea, Peleponnese, mostly known for its outstanding and dense Agiorgitiko wines. This is a Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards at an altitude of 800 metres (2625 feet). The wine was made by Sotiris, the son of Christos Aivalis. I am amazed how different the character is. Where Christos aims for full body and weight, Sotiris goes for pure elegance. Light as feathers, but with lots of finesse. The name 'Wild Gooses' nails it.