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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 […]
July 7, 2010
Santorini Canava Argyrou

There was some sea urchin lurking in my fluffy risotto

All upcoming regions have seminal tastings Some are better publicised others less so In the not too distant 2000 at a press tasting in London organised […]
June 15, 2010
Sigalas Santorini

Pantheon of “anonymous” heroes

2000 hours King Ra was just about to disappear into the pinkgrey of the Aegean I glanced over my shoulder and saw a paraglider hovering majestically […]
May 12, 2010
Organic Cabernet Sauvignon Chalkidiki Tsantali

The pet of phenolically ripened tannins

A behemoth of Greek wine Tsantali is 12 million bottles large You can find something of their vast range on many a remote island In villages […]
April 20, 2010
Aidani Estate Argyros

A varietal

Assyrtikobased Santorini is a complex fullthrottle mineralic vin de terroir One thing it is not is an aperitif wine Yet in the numerous white grapes found […]
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