Oenos Rising

GETTING THE FOURTH SEED RIPE, PART 2 - AMYNDEON

First of all, lots happening in Greece right now. When the dust from yesterday’s election settles a little, I’ll make a few of my comments on what this means to the future of the country. Also, we’re all very pleased that the Greek national soccer team has advanced out of the group stage to face Germany. It will be interesting to see how this highly charged matchup will unfold. Of course, everyone expects Germany to crush Greece. But stranger things have happened …

GETTING THE FOURTH SEED RIPE

There’s been a palpable buzz building around Xinomavro lately. I hear about it often. And it seems like tastings, posts and discussions about the signature red grape of northern Greece are occurring regularly, as in this terrific post from Wine Defender. This is undoubtedly a good thing, as Xinomavro wines are some of the most compelling that I know. When it’s good, Xinomavro has a grace, complexity,  sophistication and allure that people don’t typically associate with the wines of Greece. Though Xinomavro wines come in different forms depending on appellation and terroir, I love its silky grace and complexity when made well. 

MUSINGS ON ASSYRTIKO

 (Assyrtiko vine at Domaine Sigalas on Santorini)

Recently there was a big tasting of Santorini wines in New York, focusing largely on wines from Assyrtiko, Santorini’s primary grape. I wasn’t there, but my producer, Domaine Sigalas, was poured at the tasting. Yet I just wanted to say a few things about the grape and the place that might not have gotten mentioned. 

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