Archive for March 2012

Boutari Naoussa 2008: 91 Points Wine Advocate (Mark Squires)

March 27, 2012

91/100 points

The 2008 NAOUSSA, that is, a Xinomavro, is the latest iteration of a well priced bottling that I have come to rely upon as one of the better red values in Greece, often available on the street for well under its list price. This year seems like an exceptional vintage for this bottling, which makes it one of the better values recently. Its hallmark is always refinement and balance. It is never a rustic Xinomavro, but at the same time it still preserves its essence and characteristics and expresses its terroir well as time goes on. Caressing in texture, yet increasingly powerful as it fleshes out in the glass to show good depth, it lingers on the palate and grips it. When the baby fat goes, which I began to see with extended aeration, it will show increasing transparency and character, becoming earthier and purer, more complex and transparent and become interesting as well as tasty. It shows the ability to change into something more with age and it should age gracefully. It drank beautifully the next day, showing that promised purity and transparency, seeming clean and unadorned. If you like Xinomavro—or Barbaresco–this is a fine overachiever that I liked more and more as it aired out. It is well worth seeking out. While approachable with some air, it is pretty tight. Drink 2013-2025.

—Mark Squires
Wine Advocate
Issue 199
February 2012

Happy Persian New Year (Nowruz)!

March 20, 2012

Our Persian friends have sent us this photo celebrating the Persian New Year (Nowruz) from the Shamshiri Grill in Los Angeles, where Boutari Moschofilero is featured by the glass.

Here’s a great post over at on Nowruz traditions in Iran and across the world…

Happy new year!

Fire Island cookbook guys feature wines by Boutari

March 14, 2012

Gov. Mike Dukakis tastes Boutari Vinsanto

March 13, 2012

One of our favorite Greek restaurateurs in the U.S., Iranian-born freedom fighter Roozbeh Farahanipour, just sent us these photos of Greek-American politician Mike Dukakis who visited Roozbeh’s restaurant Delphi Greek in Los Angeles with a group of U.C.L.A. students.

Roozbeh is one of Boutari’s biggest fans and his wine list and restaurant are a veritable temple to Boutari.

At the end of the meal, reports Roozbeh, the group shared a bottle of Boutari Vinsanto — to everyone’s delight!

Scenes from the Acropolis (and not the best news coming from Greece)

March 9, 2012

The news from Greece is not so great these days. Markus Stolz — top Greek wine blogger, author of Elloinos — reports that the domestic wine market in Greece is showing signs of stress, with retailers and restaurants facing challenges in paying their distributors.

Here’s his post, Chaos Reigns in the Local Greek Wine Market.

Looking back on my wonderful trip last summer (when the Greek debt crisis was beginning to take shape in the public sphere), it’s still hard to wrap my mind around the difficulties that my peers are facing there — on a daily basis.

Here’s a slide show of my visit to the Acropolis of Athens.

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Agiorgitiko, Greek Grape Name and Pronunciation Project

March 7, 2012

Last week, when we saw Thomas Caestecker’s article in the Chicago Examiner, “Red wines cultivate value in ‘white wine’ regions,” it occurred to us that we still hadn’t post our video on how to pronounce Agiorgitiko, the grape used in Boutari’s Nemea, a wine featured by Thomas in his article.

Here’s the video:

And here’s what Thomas had to say about the wine:

Boutari Nemea 2008: This producer has gone to great lengths to promote its Moschofilero – even putting a phonetic pronunciation for the white varietal on the Web. But the red Nemea, made with the St. George grape (keeping it simply Anglo here), is an approachable and versatile red wine. Round and medium-bodied, with an aroma of red fruit and a palate of red currant, cocoa and a nice finish, it’s great with Asian beef dishes.

Thanks for the shout out, Thomas! 🙂

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