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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grecian Formula

Greece may be the cradle of democracy, but its wine visibility, at least within the U.S., has been woefully inadequate. Well, this is changing. Chances are most people have not had wines from Greece; and the names alone, certainly the Grecian varieties, are hard to pronounce and unfamiliar. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try something new. It’s a big bold world and now is the time to sample the wines of Greece. Case in point: the 2010 Moschofilero (that’s the grape name) from the Mantinia region, made by Ktima Tselepos. I know that’s a mouthful, but so is the wine. There’s a simple, bright tart, lemony quality supported by a solid acidity and this is reminiscent of European wines like Vinho Verde from Portugal and AlbariƱo from Spain; a local wine which performs remarkably well in a basic and simple setting. There is also a slight effervescence and residual sugar which makes this quite excellent with creamy pasta dishes and salads. The overriding point here is trying something new and with this Moschofilero, you’ll be pleased you did.
$17/750 ml – Alc: 12.2%
4 Bonz – Good Dog!

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