“This is a rare chance to try wines from a part of Europe, which has produced wine for centuries, but where there are many undiscovered gems still waiting to be uncovered. One such, for example, is the white Assyrtiko variety, which we will taste on the evening.”
The white wines were generally better than the reds and I was a bit disappointed that there wasn’t any retsina to taste. I did learn how retsina came to have resin added (from the cloth seals of the wine amphora (but this is also given in the Wikipedia link above. I bought six bottles of the wine that I liked:
- Kερaστίἠs ΜΟΣΧΟΦΙΛΕΡΟ (Lykos Kerastis Moschofilero), made from 100% Moschofilero, 2004. £7.50. This was like a muscat, with orange blossom flavours.
- ΛYΡΑΡΑKΗ Δαψνί (Lyrarakis Dafni) made from 100% Dafni, 2004. A wine from Crete that was peppery and tasted of the dry Cretan soils. Apparently it smelt and tasted of quinces: I haven’t tried these so I don’t know. This was my top wine of the night. £9.00
- Kερaστίἠs ΑΓΙΩΡΓΙΤΙΚΟ (Lykos Kerastis Agiogitiko) (Agiorgitio means St George) 2003 made from 100% Agiorgitiko. £7.50 A good red, quite a bit of tannin and cherry/raspberry flavour.
- Karelas Mavrodaphne Fume, 100% Mavrodaphne, 2001. Red sweet wine. This looked and smelt like sherry, but was sweet and had a lovely vanilla flavour and lots of soft oak. £9.50
It was an exciting collection of wines to taste.