On the slopes of Epanomi, near the city of Thessaloniki, a well-cared vineyard surrounds the modern winery, where the renowned Domaine Gerovassiliou wines are produced. These are wines full of character and luscious flavour.
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You may have noticed the big 1 Litre bottles of Greek red and white wines. Ever wondered if they’re any good? Well, picky me tried them both and I have to say, good job. The headline above says it succinctly. These wines are:
At just $10.30 for a one litre, we’re getting tremendous value here. Here are my notes:
Makedonikos red Bright ruby red with a glint of violet. Ripe red fruit, soft tannins, and a silky texture. A blend of the intriguing Xinomavro varietal and Merlot. Approachable and easy drinking. Serve with pasta, pizza, souvlaki and barbecued meats.
Makedonikos white I had just had a glass of Clos Jordanne Chardonnay ($30, 750 ml) at a family get-together. It was fine, but not spectacular, as the price might have suggested to me. Okay fine. I’m picky with wine. Then I cracked open this white blend ($10.30, 1L) and was charmed. If it had been packaged in a 750 ml bottle with a trendy label and carried a $25 price tag, I would have said, “where can I buy this?” Surprising in many ways, but maybe understandable. Greece has been making white wines since the times of Moses (1,500 BC), and they’re known to be beautifully complex and characterful.
A blend of Roditis and Athiri, both indigenous Greek varietals.
Notes: Fresh light hues. White flower and lavender aromas with nice fruit and toast. Balanced acidity, fascinating personality and lusciousness in a refreshing overall presentation. Serve with fresh fruit, pan sautéed fish, and seafood.
Enjoy these wines while laughing all the way to the bank. And your guests will be impressed when you serve them.
What a fine experience it was to have a vertical tasting of Sablet wines all the way back to 1990 here. And great to meet Jean Autran from Domaine de Piaugier. Outstanding wines of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. Rustic yet elegant, rich, yet sometimes delicate. Sensuous flavours in the glass.
Sablet is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It is a fortified Provençal village founded in the 800’s and rich in history.
Great little drive back to our Bed and Breakfast in Cairrane through misty blackness punctuated by little galaxies of light, each a village nestled in the Alpine foothills here in the Southern Rhone.