Certainly Not Spartan

alpha.jpgThis week I’ve just begun opening up some of the Greek wines I brought back from our trip. It feels like forever since I drank a Merlot or a Shiraz – and I can really say that in the spirit of exploration I haven’t missed them all too much. Last night I moved onto a 2003 varietal called Xinomavro from Alpha Estate – in the glass its colour is dark violet, with so much colour and flavour concentration that I’d love to see what the actual grapes look like during punch downs. The aroma of the is of rich unrefined cocoa, fresh fennel and tinned dark berries in treacle.

The wine I had was 100% Xinomavro – and it certainly is not Spartan in nature, and is definitely Dionysian. I have not been able to find it on Winezap – but what I have found is a Xinomavro Blend through Winezap. At $43 it’s way beyond what I would normally recommend to our readers – but I got it a lot cheaper in Greece. It was a great experience to taste a new varietal – and I’d recommend that you get it if you’re part of a tasting circle so as to split the costs – but for every day drinking, wait til you can go to Greece in person!

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  • greg

    I read an article in Business 2.0 about a year ago regarding excellent new business ideas. One of the 10 that they mentioned was importing Greece wines into the USA. what do you think?

  • greg

    I read an article in Business 2.0 about a year ago regarding excellent new business ideas. One of the 10 that they mentioned was importing Greece wines into the USA. what do you think?

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    I think the market is right for diversity – and the internet will give the platform. Cost of sales in normal retail stores doesn’t justify selling too much variety – but we live in a world of choice – I’ve read another article about the boom in Israeli wine as well. Gary V. is speaking about how a New Jersey vineyard is ripping up its merlot and chardonnay and planting indigenous American varietals… I think this is all awesome. For so long we’ve lived with 6 varietals – and there have been three magazines coming out 12 times a year for twenty years and they’ve been touting those same wines. It’s like reinventing the wheel every year – and wine has this goldfish mentality where suddenly summer comes and everyone thinks they’re rocket scientists for recommending Sauvignon Blanc…

    Yeah – I reckon its more than time for the Greek wine industry – this is going to be a time for the industry as a whole.

  • http://www.grapethinking.com Ruarri

    I think the market is right for diversity – and the internet will give the platform. Cost of sales in normal retail stores doesn’t justify selling too much variety – but we live in a world of choice – I’ve read another article about the boom in Israeli wine as well. Gary V. is speaking about how a New Jersey vineyard is ripping up its merlot and chardonnay and planting indigenous American varietals… I think this is all awesome. For so long we’ve lived with 6 varietals – and there have been three magazines coming out 12 times a year for twenty years and they’ve been touting those same wines. It’s like reinventing the wheel every year – and wine has this goldfish mentality where suddenly summer comes and everyone thinks they’re rocket scientists for recommending Sauvignon Blanc…

    Yeah – I reckon its more than time for the Greek wine industry – this is going to be a time for the industry as a whole.

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