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.