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The Vineyards and Wines of Greece 2017 – book review

Here I review The Vineyards and Wines of Greece 2017: Decoding the land of Dionysis, by Yiannis Karakasis MW. Note the year in the title – the author’s intention is to update the book regularly. Its 128 pages are available only as a … Continue reading

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Santorini wines and producers

I feel that any attempt at being systematic in a post on producers and their wines would be too presumptuous after one visit to the island, but I would still like to write a little about what I found and … Continue reading

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Santorini grape varieties and wine styles

One hundred years ago it is said that there were nearly 100 different grape varieties on Santorini. One can assume that many of those have now died out, but there is still a lot of diversity, and all varieties are supposed … Continue reading

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Santorini vineyards and vines

Santorini is not a big island. The size of the airport runway in this satellite image will give you a quick intuitive feel for its size. To put numbers on it, the main island  is around 15 km from North to … Continue reading

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Santorini as a destination for wine lovers

Arguably Santorini’s biggest attraction is the view over the volcanic caldera. We arrived after dark, but when we woke up and stuck our noses out of the bedroom we saw it for the first time, and I took this picture. … Continue reading

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Winenous’ fables #1: The Naoussa and the Burgundy

On the face of it, this is a simple story of two tasting notes, linked only by the wines’ having been tasted and drunk within a couple of days of each other. But there is a sting in the tail, and … Continue reading

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Tsantali Rapsani – straight, Reserve and Grande Reserve

Let me start by disclosing that the Reserve and Grande Reserve wines were samples sent to me following a press trip to Northern Greece. More about the Rapsani part of that trip can be found here, including vine locations, varieties … Continue reading

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Mantinia PDO and Moschofilero

My odyssey in Greek wine continues, and I now feel I have the first glimmerings of understanding for the grape variety Moschofilero. At the very least I now have in my mind a crude caricature against which I can compare … Continue reading

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How to get to grips with the wines of unfamiliar countries

I cannot be the only one who finds getting to grips with the wines of unfamiliar countries rather daunting. I am thinking in particular about old world countries with a long tradition of winemaking – ones where you are a … Continue reading

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Assyrtiko from Santorini

In an a summary of my experiences with Greek wines a couple of years ago, and also on a trip to North Greece earlier this year, Assyrtiko wines struck me as being particularly worthy of more attention. So I have … Continue reading

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