Pickings

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In “Pickings” we will present:
* wine-travel-stories in Greece by Cornelius.
* articles on Greek wine, -culture and -food by other bloggers and wine journalists.
* harvest reports on the Greek wine regions.

Ten best dry red Greek wines of indigenous grapes.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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GrapeRover visited more than 120 Greek wineries since 2012. Many of these wineries send samples to be reviewed and rated by the GrapeRover team. According to this team, here’s the list of the 10 best Greek red wines (made from indigenous Greek grapes) we have reviewed up to now. ONE. 2008 Domaine Sigalas Mavrotragano, PGI Cyclades. 94 points. […]

Best ten Greek dry white wines of indigenous grapes.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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GrapeRover visited more than 120 Greek wineries since 2012. Many of these wineries send samples to be reviewed and rated by the GrapeRover team. According to this team, here’s the list of the 10 best Greek dry white wines (made from indigenous Greek grapes) we have reviewed up to now. ONE.  2010 Gaia Estate Assyrtiko […]

Spondi Restaurant, Athens.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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The cellar is one of the most famous in town, with more than 1.300 wine labels, from all over the world, selected by expert sommeliers. Please their fascinating (Greek) winelist HERE. Quoting from  “The Fine Dining”: “Spondi was created in 1996
 by Mr Apostolos Trastelis, 
and it is situated in an historical district
 in the center of Athens, […]

Retsina: Sushi’s best friend!

by Cornelius Wesseling
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Sushi with retsina A imaginable at first sight, the combination of the “Greek national wine” our popular flavors of Japanese cuisine, we were pleasantly surprised. The idea of a delicious sushi game harmony with Retsina was the sommelier Maria Katsoulis; through repeated for a year at each team meeting. Finally … Tuck. We ordered sushi at Nori (www.nori.gr , tel […]

Exciting reds from Greece.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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By ERIC ASIMOV MAVROTRAGANO and mandelaria; limnio and vlahiko; and of course, agiorgtiko and xinomavro. I know: it’s all Greek. That’s what is so exciting. Tasting Report  The wine panel tasted 20 Greek reds from recent vintages, 2006 through 2010. 1.ARGYROS SANTORINI ATLANTIS 2008 *** $20 Unusual meaty, savory aroma, focused and well structured with earthy fruit flavors. 2.KIR-YIANNI […]

Top-Ten wines from Santorini.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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THE WHITE WINES OF SANTORINI Unique and distinctive wines that let you bring a little taste of Santorini home. September 24, 2013 By Gregory Dal Piaz View Full Size I was planning on tasting these wines during the dog days of August, which never came not that I was in any shape to be tasting wines […]

Western Macedonia, for true lovers of authentic (non touristic) treasures.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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Traveling in Western Macedonia  Top restaurants, unique wineries, lakes, ski resorts, gourmet high quality products: and yet we talk about western Macedonia. At the first opportunity, meet!   When it came to the notice of the Olympia Pantelidou for the event “Wine, Gastronomy, Tradition” Ptolemais found the initiative-least-laudable, but I admit that the main reason I accepted the proposal was […]

Close to the beginnings of wine.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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6,000-year-old Wine Discovered in Kavala By Maria Korologou on September 21, 2013 In Archaeology, News  613  107 4  800 In the prehistoric settlement of Dikili Tash were discovered the oldest samples of wine that were ever recorded in Europe. The samples date back to 4200 BC and reverse existing data regarding the way of living during the Neolithic period. The prehistoric site of […]

Greece, Athens, Brettos.

by Cornelius Wesseling
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The unsuspected visitor of the historic center of Athens cannot miss the hundreds of colorful bottles and lights that decorate the walls of “Brettos”.  “BRETTOS” is the oldest distillery in Athens. It started operating for the first time back in 1909 at the ground level of an Athenian old mansion in the heart of Plaka. […]