Archive for April 2010

Mamma mia! Boutari social media project is officially LIVE!

April 29, 2010

Today our webmaster Jeremy Parzen, author of Do Bianchi, is announcing the official launch of the Boutari Social Media Project 2010.

The Boutari Social Media Project 2010 was conceived thanks to a European Union grant to promote awareness of Greek wines in North America.

It includes the Boutari Wines blog, a Facebook group page, a Twitter feed, and a Cork’d fan page.

The blog will feature educational information on Greece, its grape varieties, and wines, as well as coverage of 6 Greek estates in the Boutari family of wineries.

Please add our feed to your blog reader and please follow us through social media!

Wine Advocate gives Grand Reserve Naoussa 90 points

April 28, 2010

2004 Boutari Grand Reserve Naoussa
A Xinomavro Dry Red Table wine from Naoussa, Macedonia, Greece

90 points

The 2004 GRANDE RESERVE has powerful aromatics, a touch of funk and a touch of game, plus more intensity than the ’06 regular reviewed this issue. Focused, complex and earthy, despite the time in oak, this is quite elegant in the mid-palate, has a crisp, somewhat astringent finish and develops slowly but beautifully in the glass. I think it will fulfill the promise I see. It is not for those who want smooth and sexy—at least not yet. It should hold very well, although it is quite approachable now. Drink now-2024.

Boutari is one of Greece’s old line wineries, famed in particular for its work in the North with Xinomavro. It should be noted that Boutari does a fine job with whites elsewhere (i.e., Mantinia and Santorini), producing reasonably priced wines with fine balance and some distinction.

—Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, April 2010

Ben “Benito” Carter on Moschofilero

April 27, 2010

Ben “Benito” Carter is one of the top English-language wine bloggers in the world right now.

Based in Memphis, Tennessee, he is an expert taster and brings some unique southern insights into the ever-growing world of wines available in the U.S. Always ahead of the curve, he reviewed Boutari Moschofilero back in 2008. Here’s what the beloved Benito had to say.

Greek wines are growing in popularity, and I’m looking forward to an all-Greek tasting sometime in the next couple of years, much in the way that Spanish wines are plentiful and affordable today. For $15, I got a fairly well-known Greek wine, the 2005 Boutari Moschofilero. It’s made from the Moschofilero grape in the Mantinea area of the Peloponnesian peninsula. The bottle comes from a town between the historical cities of Sparta and Corinth. Probably not the same style of wine swilled by Spartan soldiers on the way to the Battle of Thermopylae, but a feller can dream.

Big lime aroma with an underlying muskiness that’s entrancing. After a glass or two has been poured, a beautiful floral component emerges. Dry, with citrus flavors but relatively mellow. I drank the wine with some take-out sushi, but something about the flavors made me crave Thai dishes (with lots of basil) more than seafood or even Greek cuisine.

Sunday antiquities: the famous Euphonios Krater

April 25, 2010

greek wine vase

Above: The front of the famous Euphnios Krater depicts Sarpedon’s body carried by Hypnos and Thanatos (Sleep and Death), while Hermes watches.

The Euphronios krater (or Sarpedon krater) is an ancient Greek terra cotta krater, a bowl used for mixing wine with water. Created around the year 515 BC, it is the only complete example of the surviving 27 vases painted by the renowned Euphronios and is considered one of the finest Greek vase artifacts in existence.

The Euphronios krater stands 45.7 cm (18 inches) in height and has a diameter of 55.1 cm (21.7 inches). It can hold about 45 L (12 gallons). The style of the vase is red-figure pottery, in which figure outlines, details, and the background are painted with an opaque black slip while the figures themselves are left in the color of the unpainted terracotta ceramic clay.

The krater is decorated with two scenes. An episode from the Trojan War is shown on the obverse; this illustration depicts the death of Sarpedon, son of Zeus and Laodamia. The reverse of the krater shows a contemporary scene of Athenian youths from the 6th century BC arming themselves before battle. In the scene of Sarpedon’s death, the god Hermes directs the personifications of Sleep (Hypnos) and Death (Thanatos) to carry the fallen away to his homeland for burial. While the subject of Sarpedon’s death might normally be depicted as a stylized tableau, the figures in this scene are painted in naturalistic poses and with schematic but accurate anatomy. This style is emblematic of the Pioneer Group of late Archaic painters, of whom Euphronios is considered the most accomplished. The scene of the anonymous Greek youths on the reverse shares this naturalistic style, using all the Pioneer Group’s characteristic techniques of anatomical accuracy, natural poses, foreshortening, and spatial illusion.

Source: Wikipedia.

The world’s leading authority on Greek wine: Nico Manessis

April 22, 2010

When it comes to the world of Greek wine, this man wrote the book… LITERALLY! That’s Nico Manessis (right) receiving an award from the president of the Wine Producers Association of the Northern Greece Vineyard, Evangelos Gerovassiliou (left), for his contribution to the study of Greek wine.

Mr. Manessis authors a fantastic site on Greek wine, GreekWineWorld, and his Illustrated Greek Wine Book (2000) is widely considered the definitive encyclopedia of Greek wine.

Here at, we visit his site almost daily for vintage reports, tasting notes, and rich historical and cultural information on the wonderful wines of Greece.

To Mr. Manessis, chapeau bas! Thank you for sharing your passion for Greek wine with the world! 🙂

Top food blogger Erin Zimmer on Boutari

April 20, 2010

We recently came across this post from last summer by one of our all-time favorite food bloggers, Erin Zimmer (left, photo courtesy Savory Sweet Life), who visited Boutari as part of her excellent series on the islands, their foods, and their wines, Snapshots from Greece (over at one of our favorite food blogs, Serious Eats).

Click here to read about Erin’s visit with winemaker Yiannis Boutari.

And click here to read the entire series, Snapshots from Greece.

Taste Boutari in Chicago and New York

April 16, 2010

Photo courtesy Place2Travel.

Taste Boutari in Chicago and New York next month as part of the “New Wines of Greece Road Show 2010.”

And in case you haven’t already, be sure to check out the All About Greek Wine website: it’s a great educational resource.

18 May Tuesday
Bin 36
339 N. Dearborn
Seminar 11 am – 12:30 pm
Grand Tasting 1 pm – 4 pm

Click here to register.

20 May Thursday
Alice Tully Hall
(Lincoln Center)
1941 Broadway
Seminar 11 am – 12:30 pm
Grand Tasting 1 pm – 4 pm

Click here to register.

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