Two Greek wines you should know

You may know the lovely Paranga red blend from Kir-Yianni, available in LCBO. A very nice wine at a price that’ll make you happy. Here are two more …

Yesterday I had the chance to taste two upscale wines from the estate with Lambros Papadimitriou.

Two Olives 2010

A dark beauty with ripe cherry, jammy red plum and blackberry/currant. Firm sweet tannins. This is an enthusiast’s wine. Complex, big and exciting! A blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Xinomavro from their Naousa vineyards.Available only from LCBO store #4, 200 Danforth Ave, Toronto or ShopGreekWine.com (about $35)

Diaporos 2011

A deep red blockbuster with aromas of leather, plum, blackberry and smoke. Flavours follow through similarly with additional notes of black tea and earthiness found in some of the world’s great reds. Very firm tannins. This is truly a spectacular wine; you’re in the presence of greatness with this one. Its personality makes it oh so fitting for Autumn enjoyment (but I’ll gladly drink it any Season). If you open it now (vs cellaring it), give it a lot of air and it will sweep you off your feet.

Diaporos is “single vineyard” from block #5 of the Yianakohori vineyard; 92% Xinomavro, 8% Syrah. 22 months in French oak barrels. Aging potential: 10 + years. You’ll thank me if you do this, but please send me an invitation when you open it!

Available from ShopGreekWine.com (about $50)

Thanks to Steve Kriaris of Kolonaki Group for hosting the tasting and to Lambros Papadimitriou for walking us through the wines.

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