Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The earliest evidence of Greek wine has been dated to 6,500 years ago where wine was produced on a household or communal basis. In ancient times, as trade in wine became extensive, it was transported from end to end of the Mediterranean; Greek wine had especially high prestige in Italy under the Roman Empire. In the medieval period, wines exported from Crete, Monemvasia and other Greek ports fetched high prices in northern Europe.
- Item #: i_300032Bottle Size: 500mlDECANTER 97 POINTS AND PLATINUM MEDAL "Honeyed, roasted peach, candied citrus, ginger and toffee bouquet. Baked Meyer lemon, orange marmalade, cold coffee and nut bar appear on the palate. Complex, concentrated and fresh – fantastic balance of acidity and sweetness."
This fabulous dessert wine from Santorini is made from 80% Assyrtiko, 10% Athiri and 10% Aidani. The grapes are sun-dried and the wine is aged in barrel for 4 years. Dark, rich, sweet yet beautifully balanced.
- Item #: i_372436Bottle Size: 750MLWINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2019 Thalassitis is an unoaked Assyrtiko coming in at 13% alcohol, 1.6 grams of residual sugar and 6.4 of total acidity. It is sourced from ungrafted vines 70 to 80 years old. Crisp and a little lean but focused, powerful and very persistent on the finish, this is lovely for its freshness and precision. It's not exactly a super-ripe and fat Santorini—and we're seeing an increasing number of them these days—but this style suits me just fine if it is well executed. This leans more to stonewashed and tense than fruitiness. Tightly wound, it lingers beautifully on the finish. It is not as brilliant in terms of the flavor profile, though, and there's a hint of lanolin. The fruit is not terribly expressive. Still, this fills the mouth and grabs the palate. It has at least some character, and I appreciate its precision. It should age well, perhaps better than indicated, or you can use it as a wake-me-up this coming summer."
- Item #: i_372347Bottle Size: 750mlEric Asimov, writing in the New York Times, describes Gaia as "one of Greece’s best modern wineries." Since 1998, Gaia's winemaker and founder, Yiannis Paraskevopoulos has been trying to redefine retsina as a proud custom rather than a genre to be shunned. Mr. Paraskevopoulos makes the Gaia Ritinitis from Roditis grapes — "which can make fresh, spicy wines — grown at relatively high altitudes, 2,300 to 3,300 feet above sea level. He also paid close attention to the quality of the resin, he said, making sure it was especially fresh. The result was a refreshing, invigorating wine, with a bright pungency that seems ready-made for Greek cooking in all its garlicky, herbal glory. Though retsina is primarily a white wine (and occasionally a rosé), it goes beautifully with roasted lamb, its punchy flavors refusing to knuckle under to the savory meat. I have also found retsina to be a wonderful partner for spicy Indian food."
- Item #: i_372498Bottle Size: 750mlA dry and crisp retsina rich with lemon and smooth pine tasting notes, the long aftertaste is clean and fresh. This light- to medium-bodied retsina makes an ideal accompaniment to traditional Greek cuisine, of course, but also works with charcuterie and fried fish.
- Item #: i_372471Bottle Size: 750mlAlthough the appellation is PGI Cyclades, the Karamolegos winery sourced the grapes for this dry white from vineyards situated in lower altitude villages of the island of Santorini: Kamari, Messaria, Vothonas and Akrotiri. The vineyards have an average age of 50 which is young by Santorini standards. The 100% Assyrtiko grapes were fermented at low temperatures to preserve the complex fruit of this varietal. The wine was matured on the fine lees with frequent stirring for at least 4 months. On the nose you find aromas of melon, pear and citrus along with the minerality typical of Assyrtikos. The Terra Nera is supple and fresh on the palate, with good fruit flavors which are nicely balanced by the crisp, long finish.
- Item #: i_372441Bottle Size: 750mlMavrodaphni (or Mavrodafni) of Patras is not a winery, but a type of wine produced around the city of Patra, in Peloponnese, Greece. This is a deep, dark and sweet fortified wine, similar to Port, although it is made in a solera system (younger wine is added to older wine) like that of Sherry. Mavrodaphni of Patra is made from Mavrodaphni (Mavrodafni) grape with up to 49% of the Korinthiaki grape permitted.
- Item #: i_372373Bottle Size: 750mlMany wine lovers looking for crisp dry whites with citrus and mineral flavors have discovered the grape variety Assyrtiko. The best Assyrtikos are from the volcanic Greek island of Santorini where wine has been made for thousands of years. Founded in 1947, this cooperative has some 1,200 grower-members, giving winemaker Nikos Varvarigos access to a wide variety of terroirs.
- Item #: i_372455Bottle Size: 750MLWine Advocate: 93Organic. 100% Assyrtiko from vines with an average age of 60 years. The soil is composed of sand, black lava, volcanic ash and pumice and is poor in organic substances and nitrogen, with minimal clay. The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Winery notes: This very crisp dry white is straw blonde color with light shades of green. On the nose you find subtle hints of citrus fruit. Excellent structure with a depth of flavor and high acidity, which brings the flavors to the front and adds freshness, with a lasting after-taste. Has the characteristic minerality of a world class Assyrtiko.
Sigalas has been a pioneer in the organic viticulture and has participated in a government organic farming methods program since 1994. Paris Sigalas remains committed to the founding principles of Domaine Sigalas - a creative relationship with the tradition, the Santorini Vineyards as well as the use of the best in winemaking technology and experience.
- Item #: i_372462Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 91Aromatic with aromas of white flowers and white peaches, the Skouras 2019 Moscofilero has good fruit in the mouth yet a clean and crisp finish. It is a dry wine with a lively feel and vivid flavor. Sourced from vines at 650 meters, this is always crisp and elegant. The fruit is always elevated. Then, it just coats the palate, despite its elegant demeanor. It lingers beautifully on the long, dry finish.
- Item #: i_372372Bottle Size: 750mlThe Skouras Zoe Red is made from 90% Aghiorghitiko and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from 20-year-old vines grown in clay and sandy soils at 500 meters of elevation in the Peloponnese. The wine is fermented in stainless steel vats after a short maceration. It undergoes full malolactic fermentation and short ageing over fine lees. The color is brilliant: medium-strength violet with pink hues. On the nose it is vivid and intense with aromas of black cherries, blackberries, hints of plums, violets and dried herbs. On the palate it has medium body, moderate acidity with smooth tannins – all in harmony. The aftertaste is moderate with a gentle note of anise seed.
- Item #: i_362383Bottle Size: 750mlFascinating blend of Merlot, Syrah and the ancient greek varietal, Pamidi. Dark cherry aromas and flavors; medium to full bodied; long finish.
- Item #: i_372342Bottle Size: 750mlAn aromatic white wine variety, Malagousia, has been brought back to the center of attention by winemakers such as Vourvoukeli. This 100% Malagousia is well rounded and full of freshness and acidity. All Vourvoukeli wines are organically farmed. Global Wine Awards Double Gold Medal.
- Item #: i_362604Bottle Size: 750mlLimnio, one of Greece’s oldest grape varieties, has a similar alcohol level and spiciness to the Merlots and Syrahs familiar to the American wine palate.
Winemaker Giorgos Vourvoukelis applies modern winemaking techniques to perfect a fresh style of Limnio. Get acquainted with this must-try and see why many are calling it "The Best Red Wine of 2018."