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December 16, 2017

Intriguingly different

Santorini is an improbable vineyard. My esteemed colleague Andrew Jefford succinctly puts it ‘the world’s most pronounced terroir wines’. There are numerous reasons why and not […]
December 7, 2017

Stalking ancient vines: the revelation of Réthymno

Few places can match the historic importance of Rethymno, yet for 30 odd years it has been off the radar. The hinterland is rich with near-forgotten […]
December 7, 2016
Douloufakis Sparkling Brut

Natures call

As a steward of the land Nikos Douloufakis takes the long view The conversion to organic viticulture is now in its second decade Rootstock clonal selection […]
September 28, 2016

One of Crete’s trump cards

Standing at a road side fruit stall In the distance a banana plantation Behind me a sandy beach leading to a dense palm forest like no […]
May 24, 2016
Alexakis Kariki (Assyrtiko-Athiri)

A find

Stelios Alexakis has for decades been a towering standardsetting figure in wine Nationwide colleagues hold him in high esteem for his longlasting professionalism If you are […]
April 12, 2016

Fine vinosity

Standing on high vineyards to my right postcardperfect snowcovered Lefka Ori 2300m To my left the Cretan sea shimmering with reflections of platinum winter light As […]
March 17, 2016
Strataridakis Moschato Spinas

A rising star

There are several good stories on Crete this is one of them Spina is a village that lies on the western foothills of the Lefka Ori […]
February 24, 2016
Lyrarakis Pirovolikes Vineyard Vilana

Breakthrough Vilana

There are two stories of how this grape was named Vilanios slave ie workhorse The more romantic notion  a Venetian era descriptive of the gnarled bush […]
December 6, 2015
Vakakis Fisikos Glykis  PDO Samos

The length of Ulysses travels

Central Casting would assign Nikos Vakakiss bearded face as one of Ulysses traveling companions My teenage days of idolising heroes are long gone yet this priests […]
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