Archive for the ‘Greek wine resources’ category

Top Greek wine blogger Markus Stolz updates his “misconceptions about Greek wines” post @Elloinos

October 26, 2011

“Just about two years ago,” writes Markus (above) on his blog Elloinos — the number one Greek wine blog in the world today — Palate Press published an article in which I enumerated the misconceptions and chief arguments against Greek wines and proceeded to provide answers for each. I felt the time was ripe to examine if any progress has been made.”

Click here to read his “updated” post on the current state of affairs in the world of Greek wine today. Another fascinating and informative post from one of the leading figures in wine and social media today.

New Greek wine legislation unveiled

December 14, 2010

Markus Stolz (above) is one of the world’s leading experts on Greek wine today (photo by La Gazzetta del Vino) and his blog, Elloinos, is a top resource for current news from the world of Greek wine.

Please check out his recent post on new Greek wine legislation here.

As CMO (the EU Common Market Organisation) reforms begin to take effect, the Greek appellation system will be reshaped just as in other member countries.

An idiot’s guide to Greek wine categories

October 24, 2010

Markus Stolz (above) is no idiot (photo by La Gazzetta del Vino). In fact, he’s one of the world’s leading experts on Greek wine.

Check out his Idiot’s Guide to Greek Wine Categories (“basics of Greek wine legislation”) here.

The two “divas” of Greek wine: Assyrtiko and Xinomavro

June 9, 2010

Above: Some of the world’s top wine professionals gathered for the New Wines of Greece grand tasting and seminar at the end of May in New York City.

We recently came across a great post on the New Wines of Greece grand tasting and seminar in New York (May, 2010) by wine blogger and wine professional Christine Berenger, author of Fava Beans and Chianti.

Christine gives readers a great overview of the seminars we attended and a solid backgrounder on Greece, its wines, and its grape varieties. But our favorite part of her post was devoted to the two “divas” of Greek wine, Assyrtiko and Xinomavro:

With over 350 indigenous varieties that are not genetically linked to any other varietals in the world, the wines of Greece are truly unique. While Greek wines are distinct and not directly comparable, this forum gave people a side-by-side comparison with other more popular international varietals, so if someone liked some of the characteristics of “X popular varietal,” then they might also enjoy a glass of “Y Greek varietal.” The tasting was lead by Doug Frost, one of three people in the world who is both MS and MW. He is true lover of Greek wines. I tried quite a few of these Greek wines, but the ones I thoroughly enjoyed (and plan on buying for myself) were made from the following two varietals — Assyrtiko and Xinomavro. Doug described these two varietals as “the divas,” which I concur as being a good descriptor. Here’s the secret decoder ring. If you enjoy the austerity, acidity and minerality of a Chablis or Riesling, you might fancy an Assyritko. If you like the dustiness and earthiness of Barbaresco (Nebbiolo) or Brunello (Sangiovese), you might want to try Xinomavro.

Click here to read the rest of Christine’s excellent post.

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! 🙂

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