Archive for November 2011

Goumenissa: Greek Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project

November 29, 2011

We had a lot of fun shooting this video of Boutari chief enologist Yannis Voyatzis pronouncing the appellation name Goumenissa: his cellphone kept going off every time we pressed record… and as in all things in his life, he has very colorful accessories!

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how to render the transliteration of Goumenissa in English: I’d greatly appreciate your input in the comment section of this post. And when I find the correct transliteration, I’ll repost the video.

We shot the video at the Boutari winery in Goumenissa (the name of the town from which the appellation gets its name). I’ll post some photos from our visit to Goumenissa later this week.

In the meantime, take it away, Yannis!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the US!

November 23, 2011

Sunsets over the Caldera, Santorini (June 2011)

November 21, 2011

“A Greek Thanksgiving?” by @CalGreekGirl

November 18, 2011

We just loved this post by Greek-American Mary Platis (seated to the far left), who lives in San Diego, California.

From the beginning, attending school in America as a Greek girl was very strange. In kindergarten, we learned about the Native-Americans and pilgrims. We all acted in a play with funny pilgrim hats and Native-American vests that we had made in class. Can you imagine a Greek girl as a pilgrim? Well, in many ways I guess I was one. My mother and father made the big pilgrimage from Greece; was that the same thing? In my house we learned about the Germans and all the devastation they caused the Greeks during WWII. Was this the same thing? As a kindergartner, I couldn’t figure out where pilgrims fit into our story or where they fit into my heritage.

What confused me the most was this special meal we were suppose to have on Thanksgiving Day – turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, corn..CORN! Then came the feast. We all gathered around the lunch tables in class and ate this funny meal that the parents helped prepare. Where was my mom? And what was this food? Can you imagine what I might have been thinking as a five-year old? This was far from what we had in my Greek home. We ate a big fat leg of lamb, spanakopita, moussaka, and baklava! Where did I fit in here? I didn’t.

Click here to read the rest of her wonderful post and find how she “discovered” Thanksgiving…

Christina Boutari featured in The Tasting Panel

November 15, 2011

“Maybe some of us have trouble pronouncing Moschofilero,” writes Merideth May (veteran wine writer and editor at The Tasting Panel, “but taste this wine under the Boutari label and be witness to a dry blanc de gris at only 11% alcohol that is fresh, crisply textured, and possesses fragrances of orange blossomes and citrus spice. In fact, the 2010 vintage is superb.”

Click here to read Meridith’s profile of Christina in the current issue of the magazine.

Meridith conducted the interview at Petros in Manhattan Beach: click here to read our review of the restaurant.

Assyrtiko, a “fine choice for Thanksgiving” says Eric Asimov, NY Times

November 10, 2011

In yesterday’s edition of The New York Times, leading wine writer Eric Asimov calls Greek Assyrtiko a “fine choice for Thanksgiving.”

Click here for his other recommendations.

Christina Boutari’s radio interview with Houston talkshow personality Jim DeMers

November 7, 2011

Click the link below to listen to Christina Boutari’s recent interview with Houston food and wine radio talkshow personality Jim DeMers.

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