Greece is interesting in many ways. In wine it's interesting that wine has been made here for more than two thousand years and isn't considered by modern standards as "Old World" even though Greece is as old as antiquity. Regions with names like Thrace, Macedonia, Eperius, Thessaly, Peloponnese and the islands of the Aegean, Ionian and Crete.
Take for instance the islands just south of Athens called the Cyclades that produce a sultry white wine called Assyrtiko. This wine from Santorini has cooked lemon curd, pineapple, passion fruit, fennel with a slight acidity and a subtle oaky finish.
The Peloponnese region just west of Athen gives rise to the Moschofilero grape variety. It's aromatic, peachy and has a sweet lemon melange. Aged versions will yield deep stone fruit like apricot and nectarine with toasted almond and hazelnut touches.
Macedonia in the north can claim the Malagousia variety. For those of you who love the luxury of Viognier or a fully oaked Chardonnay this peach, lime, orange petals and lemon oil blended together to yield this creamy wine.
The first red is from Nemea (located in the Peloponnese). Full of raspberry, black currant, plum sauce, hints of herbaceousness and nutmeg finishing out with velvety tannins. Rose's made from this taste like spiced raspberry jolly ranchers.
Back north in the hills of Macedonia grows the Xinomavro. Dark cherry fruit, dashes of tomato notes, allspice, licorice, medium plus acidity and bracing tannins. Known as the Barolo of Greece because it tastes like Nebbiolo.
And finishing off the the Ionian islands is the Mavrodaphne which taste like Hershey Kisses and raisins! The wine is made in a Solera method seen in Spain and even Glenfiddich in Speyside, Scotland uses a version very close to the one for wine. Blended with Agiorgitiko yields a full bodied, soft, deep red with aromas of blackberry, cherry and licorice.
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