The Ancient Greeks Created the Idea of Pairing Wine and Culture

Greece Blog post # 3

How lucky that wine and culture pair so well together


Let us introduce you to wines made from the Xinomavro (ksee-NOH-mah-vroh) grape.  These are wine lovers wines, for those who want to debate the great statues of ancient Grecian temples, or perhaps the writings of philosophers like Homer.

Yes, it was Homer who famously said, “Sorry Marge.  Some wise guy stuck a cork in the bottle.”  (Same Homer, right?)

Regarded by many as Greece’s best red wine, Xinomavro has many similarities to Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo producing a wine that has a nice amount of acidity.

If you love wines from Burgundy or Barolo, this is a great wine for you.  Xinomavro pairs very well with meat dishes but due to its crispness, can also be enjoyed with richer seafood.


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As Homer told his daughter, “Just remember, if your mother asks, I took you to a wine tasting.”  The cultural roots of Greek wine go beyond those of any wine region.  Yet, their modernity in flavor and food friendliness have caught the attention of America’s best chefs and sommeliers.  Now it’s time for them to catch yours.

You can learn more about Xinomavro and the other 350 indigenous Greek varietals by joining our online community.

Just click here, signup and you’ll receive our monthly newsletter AND have an opportunity to win $100 toward dinner at your favourite restaurant with Greek wine.



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