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All About Greece!

Dionysus (or Bacchus to Caravaggio) was the mythological Greek god of winemaking, partying and fertility. With the summer ending waaaay to soon in a few weeks, let’s keep the party going for as long as possible. On Friday evening, we’re traveling to the beautiful country of Greece, where wine and love reign in the Southern Mediterranean. During the last 20 years, Greece has been experiencing a real revolution in the world of wine. Many new, high quality and exciting wines have emerged, and we can’t wait to try them with you! 

Gai'a, Ritinitis Nobilis Retsina (NV) – Peloponnese, $18
Retsina is the traditional wine of Greece since antiquity and now may be among some of the most polarizing wines in the world. A white wine infused with pine resin? Sounds weird, and it is, but a good weird! It’s charmingly bright, balanced and piney. It pairs fantastically with this lamb burger!

Gai’a Notios White, Dry White (2015) – Peloponnese, $17
Notios White is produced from two pink-skin grape varieties of Greece that combine their virtues, Moschofilero and Roditis. Moschofilero from the mountainous vineyards of Arcadia wine region brings fruitiness and crisp acidity, while Roditis from the planes of upland Corinth provides elegance. An elegant white at a great price, for any occasion. 

Gai'a, Agiorgitiko 14-18h Rosé (2016) – Peloponnese, $18
A particularly attractive deep watermelon color, a fruity aroma with strong hints of cherry and gooseberry, typical of the Greek grape Agiorgitiko. Grapes are crushed and kept in stainless tanks on their skins for 14 to 18 hours, hence the name of the wine. Enjoy with salty foods, chicken, pizza, and cold plates. It is particularly charming when combined with Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes.

Thymiopoulos Vineyards, Naoussa Xinomavro Young Vines (2015) – Macedonia, $21
The Thimiopoulos family has owned vineyards in Naoussa for several generations, selling grapes to other vineyards, and in 2004 started to bottle their own wine. Xinomavro isn’t an easy grape to grow, and this hard-working variety produces big reds with meaty tannins. However, this young vine Xinomavro is deceivingly light: think Beaujolais meets Nebbiolo. A nose like candy, but maintaining a solid backbone of acidity and earthy tannins. It’s a fabulous red for summer – even serve it with a slight chill! 

Domaine Mercouri ‘Letrini’ Dry Red (2014) – Peloponnese, $30
The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese with about 40 acres. The estate grows more than 15 grape varieties both Greek and international origin. This dry, robust red is a blend of Refosco and Mavrodaphne, distinguished by its deep rub color and structured body, helped by its year in French oak barrels. 

Earlier Event: August 18
West Coast Whites
Later Event: August 19
Mama Margarita’s Salsas!