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December 20, 2010
Mandilari Plakoura vineyard Lyrarakis

This DNA bank is a major find

History buffs apart does anyone care if Mandilari has been grown for thousands of years in the southern Aegean islands What readers in these pages are […]
November 29, 2010
Sitia Domaine Economou Ziros Crete

A complex, challenging and ultimately rewarding rhythm

My recent weeklong Cretan visit kicked off with one of the great personalities of todays Greek wine  Yannis Economou marches to his own idiosyncratic beat It […]
November 15, 2010
Erochos Argyriou Winery

Eager to inform the passing stranger

I am skirting the foothills of Mount Parnassus 2457 m Mist constant drizzle It is a pleasant change from the sunny spells to a cloudy autumn […]
November 1, 2010
Terra Levea Xinomavro - Cabernet Domaine Karanika

At 12.6 % ABV, it almost whispers

Over the past decade much has happened in coolerclimate Amyndeon Incomers continue to invest in this once sleeper region  Currently there are ten wineries Annette and […]
October 19, 2010
Chateau Julia Refosco - Agiorgitiko

Even the beneficial post-harvest rains were appreciated

During my first trips to Drama in the mid 1990s I often lamented that there were no Greek varietal or blends In this reenergised region Frenchorigin […]
October 4, 2010
Alpha Estate Xinomavro Reserve Vieilles Vignes

One cannot ignore the “wisdom” of the 86-year-old bush vines

The head of Frances ENTAV Etablissement National Technique pour la Amelioration de la Viticulture Jean Michel Boursiquot has discovered in his travels issues that have slipped […]
September 20, 2010
Argatia Xinomavro

Each plot is managed according to its own rhythm

The 2007 vintage was not uniform in all regions Only the bestfarmed sites produced very good wines a few even great The lack of spring rainfall […]
September 1, 2010
Santorini Cuvee No. 15 Hatzidakis

Thrilled to meet this shy Cretan

August 16, 2010
Tsipouro Thessalias Tsilili 41% ABV

“Until the age of 12 I looked after my father’s sheep”

As I drove out of the parking at the Raxabased distillery near Trikala Makis Tsililiss parting words were Until the age of 12 I looked after […]
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