I have recently returned from the 2012 Wine Blogger's Conference in Portland Oregon. What a great opportunity to mingle with fellow wine enthusiasts and writers, attend informative sessions on the state of wine blogging, and of course, taste numerous wines.
Like most of you I'd suspect, I have very little experience with Greek wines. Fortunately, the conference featured a reception sponsored by New Wines of Greece and I was able to taste many varieties I had not previously tried like Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Mavrodaphne and my favorite, Agiorgitiko.
Agiorgitiko felt like a sun-drenched afternoon in the Greek Isles. Grown in the Peloponnese, this rich and velvety red reminded me of a dry cab or petite sirah. It was gently tannic, with a dark, inky appearance, and I was thrilled to discover a Greek wine I could serve with Mediterranean inspired dishes. I am tempted to take my next vacation in Greece….,gentle breezes off the Aegean, farm table meals served under the shade of an olive tree….and yes plenty of Agiorgitiko to go around! xo SB