Archive for the ‘Athens’ category

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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Thoughts and prayers for our friends in Athens…

February 13, 2012

Click here to read the New York Times account of riots in the wake of new austerity legislation in Athens.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Athens and throughout Greece…

Temple of Zeus, Athens (video)

January 27, 2012

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.

The Acropolis!

June 26, 2011

After finally arriving in Athens after a long day of circuitous travel (a missed connection in Newark and a lost bag in Paris), my tired feet were rewarded with what is perhaps the most illustrious stroll in the entire world — along the street below the Acropolis.

Our gracious host, Christina Boutari, had invited us to dinner at Dionysos, a restaurant that enjoys one of the most spectacular views in all of world history.

As we drank a fresh, bright bottle of Boutari Moschofilero and munched on delicious marinated sea bass and avgotaraho — cured red mullet roe, served atop fava bean fritters — I couldn’t help but think to myself: so much of what happened in the “high city” more than 2,000 years ago has shaped how we live our lives today. I can’t imagine a more “electric” place in the world.

Today we head to Santorini for a series of Assyrtiko tastings… Stay tuned!

Athens continues to burn but no damage to wineries yet

August 24, 2009

Our hearts go out to all victims of the Athens fires and to all those who have been displaced because of the calamity.

According to the blog Elloinos, no wineries have reported significant damage yet, even thought harvest has begun in some parts of Greece.

See also this report at the BBC website.

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