2016 Silva Daskalaki Emphasis White, Greece, Crete, Wine Review


This is a blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Plyto.  Light gold in color with green swirls.  The nose is interesting with a Sweet-Tart candy quality with green and orange flavors.  On the palate, the notes become more identifiable as citrus with lemon and lime.  Dry with good acidity.  It is full bodied with a lovely texture.  This drinks bigger than the sum of its parts and has a nice finish.  Works well on its own but would would well with lighter foods.  It retails for $25 which seems fairly priced both for the uniqueness and the quality.  Nice looking packaging.  

2017 Kanakaris Notos White, Greece, Peloponnesos, Wine Review


This is an interesting wine.  100% Roditis.  It retails for $9 which makes it a nice value especially when looking for something different.  Pale silvery green in color.  The nose has some peaches and limes which is interesting with nice minerality.  On the palate, more about minerality, slight saline and some citrus.  Easy drinking but enough acidity to work with food.  The salinity also makes it great for shell fish.  This wine is fresh and should probably be drunk in the first couple of years.  

Greek Wine Travel: An Overview

Strolling through the narrow curving and criss-crossing streets, past ancient crumbling buildings, chapels and fountains, the moment you emerge from the labyrinth-like old city and set your eyes on the sea shore with the sunset’s rays dancing in the lapping waves, you realize this city is made for lovers.

Road Shows: Greece 2007

While no match for the fickle flip of fashion rags like Vogue, nevertheless, wine publications have a tendency to declare a new “wine darling” seemingly every year. From Gruner Veltliner to the rebirth of Riesling, or the rise of Spain to the fall of Australia, wine fashions ebb and flow with the tide of sommelier fancy and corporate marketing. For the last few months, I’ve been noting that more and more publications have been talking about Greece. So, when the “All About Greek Wines” tour (sponsored by thirty-one producers to promote Greek wines in North America) came to San Francisco in April, the time seemed ripe to check out what the latest media starlet had to offer.