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Help! Three Weeks in Greece. Wine Suggestions

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Deborah Apr 4, 2011 04:32 PM

I apologize in advance if this has been discussed in previous posts. We know of a few good Greek wines but would appreciate some suggestions as the topic of Greek wines in Canada is limited.

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    Sailing77 Apr 5, 2011 06:56 AM

    Hi,

    Would you be able to provide a little more information? Are you seeking advice on wines to look for to ship home? Wines to look for in restaurants? Wineries to visit? Also, where will you be visiting? There are a number of wineries on both the mainland and several of the islands.

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      Deborah Apr 5, 2011 07:51 AM

      Thanks for your response Sailing 77. We are looking for wines to order in restaurants, and wineries to visit. We will be in Athens, Paros, Naxos, Santorini and Crete.

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        Sailing77 Apr 5, 2011 09:17 AM

        First off, if you have never been to Greece you are in for a real treat. The mainland and islands are very nice. Santorini may be my favorite place on the planet. Off the top of my head, I really enjoyed the Santo Winery on Santorini. http://www.santowines.gr/default.asp?V_DOC_ID=1275. The wines were not that great (I’m being generous) but the scenery is spectacular. I forgot to take along my camera the day we visited and I have been kicking myself ever since then. Their VinSanto was probably their best wine but I’m not sure that is saying too much. Another winery on Santorini is Boutari. http://www.boutari.gr/?TGVmdE1lbnU9Niw5JkxBTkc9RU4mUGFnZUlkPTEy. You may have seen their wines in Canada. They are a rather large producer and exporter. They have a nice tasting room and the woman at the tasting bar explained a lot about the winery and the Greek wine industry in general. They craft their wines in a more modern style. Their reserve reds were excellent but I think they focus more on whites.

        My recollection of our wine day on Crete is a little hazy because I was not feeling well that day due to heat stroke. There is a coop there that is responsible for making some good wine. http://www.sitiacoop.gr/en/. They had a nice tasting room and an A/V program that provided some good info. I tried a really interesting red wine there. Quite like a Northern Rhone. Another winery we went to on Crete was Lyrarakis. http://www.lyrarakis.gr/index.php?opt...

        We were warned to make an appointment to visit and did so. They have a tasting room and gave us a brief tour. They make a number of traditional Greek wines as well as a few more mainstream wines. Probably not the best wines I have ever had but it was a really enjoyable experience.

        I am away from home right now but when I return I will dig up my notes and provide some more specifics. I hope you really enjoy your trip.

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          Deborah Apr 5, 2011 02:27 PM

          Aren't you kind! Thank-you so much Sailing77 for all the information.

    2. ChefJune Apr 5, 2011 12:31 PM

      We're very fond of the Lazaridi wines (both red and white) known as Amethystos.
      http://www.domaine-lazaridi.gr/produc...

      They're well worth looking for.

      There's a white grape variety called Moschofilero. It produces are really crisp, refreshing white wine that is a super summer sipper.

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        Deborah Apr 5, 2011 02:28 PM

        Thank-you ChefJune. We will definitely be on the lookout for your suggested wines.

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        rHairing Apr 5, 2011 07:05 PM

        Wooohoo! I was going to ask the same question as I am heading there in September. I'm looking for restaurant wines and pairings. I know the major producers such as Boutari(inexpensive?), Domaine Evharis, Estate Kyr-Yanni and such but I'm looking for specific bottles such as if you see a syrah from this producer, it's good.

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          ChefJune Apr 6, 2011 01:20 PM

          not sure you'll find much Syrah in Greece, unless they are making wine for Americans. They do seem to use some familiar grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, specifically) in red blends. However, I would recommend being adventurous and trying the Greek varietals, even if they are difficult to pronounce. The Amethystos wines we are so fond of are blends of both Greek and "international" grapes. It would be a pity to miss them.;)

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