The nose is marvelously sweet and fruity, with dark cherry, plums, and strawberries, with a darker herbal and balsamic background. Dryer than expected from the nose, with unsettled tannins, darker flavors come to the fore. Black cherries and plums are joined by licorice and tomato leaf. Cherries linger with dusty
In Sicily, the Diodoros Project focuses on really old world wine. On a day that trembles between sunshine and showers, shafts of early morning sun slice through the clouds to light up the vineyard of Nero d’Avola grapes growing in this quiet corner of Sicily. It’s not a particularly unusual
In this piece, originally published in September, columnist Michelle Locke tackles tongue twisters and tongue pleasers in Northern Greece. I knew going in that Xinomavro was going to be a challenge. After all, you know you’re tasting something a little bit different when you have to start with a pronunciation
Thanksgiving is upon us, that glorious chaos of flavors that can defy even the savviest somm. Unless you sidestep the food issue and make it a mood pairing instead. Last year I felt traditional and drank like a Founding Mother: Madeira, sherry, cider, applejack, whiskey. Not all in one sitting.
I knew going in that Xinomavro was going to be a challenge. After all, you know you’re tasting something a little bit different when you have to start with a pronunciation lesson (it’s ksee-NOH-mah-vroh). Throw in the fact that typical tasting notes include phrases like “lingering notes of tomato (tomato!)
They may have mischievous names: Sex on the Beach or Sexy Lady. They may be fanciful like Faliraky by Night or world-famous: Caipirinha, Cosmopolitan, Tequila Sunrise, Tom Collins. But they are all colorful, fun, fresh: a glass in hand, good company, a bit of music and the warm breeze from
The Greeks may have been the architects of democracy, but they seem to have taken more time to build reputable wine. The wine history on the island of Crete stretches 3,500 years, but it has only been since 2003 that Crete has achieved a modicum of success. To comprehend this
There is much to be said for the wonders of assyrtiko grown on the volcanic soils of Santorini. (Just ask W. Blake Gray.) Wines made from that grape variety have roundness and crispness, all at once, and this example from the 2011 vintage is no exception. There is a fruitiness