A specialist tasting on two of Greek’s fascinating indigenous grape varieties.
A Wine & Spirit Education Trust event.
An Odyssey of Greek wine…dipping further into the wine-dark sea of Greece, this tasting will focus on two iconic indigenous Greek grape varieties: Assyrtiko and Xinomavro. It will consider the implications of different terroirs i.e. the soils, viticulture, wine making philosophies and traditions on the wine styles. Allegedly, Jancis Robinson, when pressed at the New York launch of her ‘Grapes’ book nominated Assytriko as the most interesting of all 1,368 varieties. Plantings are increasing away from its home in Santorini, including mainland Greece, Australia, South Africa and California. Xinomavro is often quoted as the Greek Nebbiolo, indigenous to the Naoussa region of Northern Greece it presents many challenges to wine makers. We will be comparing traditional and modern styles alongside two different terroirs.
Argyros Assyrtiko, 2015, Santorini
Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko, 2015
Sigalas Barrel Fermented Assyrtiko, 2015
Assyrtiko – TBC
Alpha Reserve Vielles Vignes Xinomavro, 2011
Dalamara Paliokalias Naoussa, 2010, Naoussa
Foundi Naoussaia, 2009, Naoussa
Diamantakos Mantemi Naoussa, 2011, Naoussa
The Hide Bar,
39-45 Bermondsey Street,
London SE1 3XF