2014 Wine Bloggers Conference – The New Wines of Greece

During the course of the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference, we had the chance to attend several break-out tasting sessions.  For one of the tasting sessions, I chose “The New Wines of Greece”, and it ended up being my favorite tasting event of the conference.  I have tasted some of the more popular wines coming out of Greece in the past but never really had the chance to dig in to some of Greece’s more unique wines and regions.

During the session, we tasted through six difference Greek wines from six grapes and wine regions.  Here are some of my tasting notes.  Please note, we weren’t provided with brands for most of the wines as they varied from blogger to blogger (think Greek recession and limited wine supply).

New Wines of Greece Tasting
New Wines of Greece Tasting

Robola of Cephalonia 2013

This dry white wine comes from the Island of Cephalonia.  Robola generally makes a bright, refreshing wine and what we tasted fit the bill.  Lots of citrus on the nose along with a palate filled with crisp fruit flavors and vibrant acidity.  Very enjoyable.

Mantinia 2013

The grape variety Moschofilero we tasted came from the Mantinia/Peloponnese region of Greece.  The wine featured lots of floral aromas that carried through into the palate.  There were also tastes of citrus and stone fruit followed by a dry, refreshing finish.

Malagousia 2013

This was the most interesting wine of the tasting for me.  The Malagousia grape we tasted from the Epanomi/Macedonia region produced an intriguing wine that really stood out from the rest. Apricots, peaches, and herbs with incredible texture.  Definitely complex and something I want to drink again!

Santorini 2013

Wines from Santorini are probably some of the better known Greek wines in the US.  We had Assyrtiko from Estate Argyros, which was the same wine poured for every blogger at the event.  Fresh tastes of citrus and minerals with racy acidity.  A really nice wine!

Nemea 2008

We broke into reds with Agiorgtiko from the Nemea/Peloponnese regions in Greece.  The wine we tried was dry and medium-bodied with notes of herbs and red fruit.  There were lingering tastes of sweet raisins on the finish.  Worth uncorking again!

Naoussa 2011

Our final wine was Xinomavro from Naoussa/Macedonia.  A super unique, dry red wine with structured tannins and notes of pepper, herbs, and dried fruit.  Fairly elegant and best served a bit chilled!  This grape variety generally has a lot of aging potential.

 

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A Sweet Finish- Canava Roussos Vinsanto Santorini 2006

The second Greek wine I tasted over the weekend was Canava Roussos Vinsanto Santorini, a dessert wine.  We uncorked the bottle after dinner and it made for a sweet finish to our meal!

About the Wine- From the Winery

Canava Roussos Vinsanto Santorini 2006 is a blend of Asyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani from the Santorini region of Greece.  It has 11.5% alcohol and retails for around $18.  For more information visit www.canavaroussos.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This sweet wine pours a burnt amber color in the glass.  It has a bouquet of raisins and figs with a hint of caramel.  The palate is sweet but not overbearing.  There are tastes of caramel, fig, and citrus.  The citrus notes do a great job of balancing the sweetness of the wine.  A nice way to end a meal!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Sip on its own after a meal or pair with dark chocolate or a fruit plate.

*Media Sample

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Exploring the Wines of Greece- Gavalas Winery Santorini 2011

This week I am exploring a few wines from Greece.  The first wine featured is Gavalas Winery Santorini 2011.  I was super excited to try this dry white wine from a region I have had so little experience with!

About the Wine- From the Winery

Gavalas Winery 2011 Santorini is a blend of 90% Assyrtiko and 10% Aidani from the Santorini region of Greece.  It has 13% alcohol and retails for around $16.  For more information visit www.gavalaswines.gr.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Gavalas Winery Santorini 2011 pours a brilliant golden-yellow color in the glass.  Aromas of citrus and pear dominate the nose.  The palate is balanced and slightly creamy with tastes of lemon and pineapple.  A healthy dose of acidity elevates the finish.  A really nice wine from an intriguing wine region!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair with shrimp, sea bass, or a salad with grilled vegetables and lemon caper dressing.

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