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3 whites from Greece

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Just recently returned from vacation from Greece, a few days prior to the historic referendum, I can say that there was a huge discrepancy between what the media was broadcasting with Shocking and Breaking news and what life looked on the streets. Perhaps now it might be a different story but 1 week ago life in Crete was perfectly normal and if you would not have read the news you could swear nothing out of ordinary is happening. I am actually considering a second vacation this summer in Greece in light of the evolving headlines. We’ll see.

There were 3 wines I purchased from a local specialized wine store, all having a price range of 14-18 Eur. I drank each bottle over 2 days so there was a proper way to see how the wines tasted.


2013 Estate Argyros Assyrtiko from Santorini comes from a 150 years old winery, it was fermented and matured for 6 months in French Oak. It is 100% Assyrtiko from volcanic and sandy soil from yields of 3 tones per ha. Pale yellow color. First day opens up with sweet tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit, toast and vanilla from a smart use of oak. Quite sharp acidity that mellows in the glass as the wines gets warmer, it has a pronounced mineral character on the palate next to its citrus fruit. Medium finish, refreshing. Second day the oak flavors get more discreet, while the wine maintains the same intensity on the palate. A wine that can age 4-5 years easily. (88-89/100)


2014 Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc has a pale yellow color. Nose is less exuberant but you can feel it comes from a warm climate due to its sweet aromas of honeysuckle, passion fruit, elder and grapefruit. Vibrant acidity and plenty of citrus fruit in the mouth, with a medium refreshing finish. It is a well made Sauvignon Blanc, but it does not have a particular personality. (88/100)


2014 Ovilos Biblia Chora is the best white I drank from Greece. A blend of 50% Semillon and 50% Assyrtiko that was matured for 8 months in oak barrels, it is a wine of great personality. Color is yellow-green. The nose is just amazing, and it reminds very well of a high quality white Bordeaux from Pessac-Leognan. Complex and intense aromas of smoked vanilla, pineapple, honey, apricots and lime are just the most obvious tones from a larger specter of its aromatic profile. Fat, yet vibrant acidity on the palate, the wine has lavish flavors of stone fruits, citrus and dry nuts, with small hints of vanilla, just enough to make it complex and appealing. Medium to long finish, rich and refreshing the same time. A really great wine and a steal at its price of under 20 Eur. (92-93/100)


I am still discovering Greece in a glass. As food is concerned I dinned several nights at the same restaurant Zefyros Family Fish Taverna where the food is amazingly tasty with a romantic view over the old Venetian port, nicer especially in the evening. Found it on Tripadvisor and I endorse every positive review that this restaurant received.

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