Archive for September 2011

Christina Boutari visits Houston Greek Festival next Thurs.! @GreekFest_HouTX

September 27, 2011

Christina Boutari will be in Houston a week from Thurs. (October 6), pouring wine at the Boutari table at the Original Greek Festival of Houston, now in its 45th year.

Christina will also be appearing at the Montrose Whole Foods (701 Waugh Drive) from 3-5 p.m. that day, where she’ll be signing bottles and talking about Greek wine today and her family’s legacy as the winemakers who started it all when they shipped that first bottle of Xinomavro from Naoussa back in the late nineteenth century.

The Original Greek Festival of Houston is one of the largest continuously operating heritage festivals in the U.S. today. (Click here for our coverage of last year’s festival.)

It is run entirely by volunteers from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and all the food is strictly homemade. No vendors or fast food restaurateurs here! Only the real deal. Many of the recipes have been handed down by church members from generation to generation.

Born in Thessaloniki in northern Greece, not far from the Naoussa winery founded by her great grandfather, Christina Boutari studied organizational psychology at the London School of Economics before joining the family business. Greek wine “is versatile and intriguing, and has huge potential in the U.S.,” says Christina, who serves as the company’s exports manager for the Americas and Australia. Her favorite wine by Boutari? She doesn’t skip a beat in answering: “Moschofilero. I love to serve it with traditional Greek pasta tossed with seasonal vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant. But when I pair it with Asian cuisine, the results are equally amazing.” In her free time, Christina occasionally performs as a dancer in Athens, where she follows the contemporary and improvisational dance scene.

The best gyros and souvlaki in Athens, Greece? Thanasis!

September 22, 2011

It was @LivingInGreece who first suggested that I visit Thanasis in the Monastiraki district of Athens. But upon further investigation, I discovered that nearly everyone agrees: Thanasis does the best gyros and souvlaki in the city. Here’s what I ate:

Mitropoleos 69, Athens 10555, Greece
+30 21 0324 4705

Highly recommended.

Boutari is a Wine & Spirits Magazine TOP 100 winery for 2011

September 20, 2011

Boutari is looking forward to the Wine & Spirits TOP 100 Tasting in San Francisco next month.

Click here for details and for other recipients of this prestigious award.

Harvest Update Naoussa

September 16, 2011

The following dispatch was filed today by Boutari’s Naoussa enologist Vasilis Georgiou (above).

Whites are one step of finishing their alcoholic fermentation and the Naoussa winery is packed with fresh fermentation aromas. Visitors are blown away by intense aromas resembling the fleshy parts of apricots that dominate during the fermentation of Chardonnay and Malagouzia inside the tanks.

Merlot and Syrah have also been harvested at ideal ripeness levels and are macerating in the tanks as I write this. From tasting the fermenting juice, I have to say that the finished wines will be full of ripe berry aromas with very soft structure. Here’s a photo from the top of the tanks overlooking the cap.

Now we are waiting to receive the “flagship” of Naoussa… The Xinomavro grapes! Ripeness levels have increased in the last weeks due to the extended heat and soon they should be nice for harvest! I’m quoting a local Xinomavro producer who said that the weather right now in Naoussa is ideal for grape maturity (warm during the day, cold during the night) and called this type of weather “kraso-kero,” which translates into “wine-weather.”

As inspections of the vineyards continue here is a photo of the Xinomavro vineyards.

How to pronounce Moschofilero

September 13, 2011

What better way to launch our fall 2011 Greek Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project than Moschofilero, the most widely known Greek grape variety outside of Greece?

And who better to “speak” the grape name than Yannis Voyatzis, Boutari’s chief enologist and the man credited by many for revolutionizing the way the world perceived the food-friendly Moschofilero grape?

And what better place to serve as backdrop than the vineyards of Moschofilero that roll over the high plateau of the Manitinia appellation, where Boutari grows its fruit for its most popular wine?

For all of the videos to date, please click here.

And stay tuned for weekly updates!

Elios has a new Facebook page…

September 9, 2011

The name Elios is inspired by the Greek word for sun, helios. Elios wines are a blend of traditional grapes such as Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Mediterranean grapes that are reminiscent of the sun soaked beaches, deliciously fresh foods, and relaxed culture of the Mediterranean. Elios Mediterranean blends have a bright, fruit forward flavor profile that today’s consumers seek out in a memorable package that will keep them coming back for more.

Click here to like Elios on Facebook.

Roxani Matsa: images from harvest 2011

September 7, 2011

Click the image above to view enologist Alexandros Tzachristas’ album of harvest 2011 images at Domaine Matsa.

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