Greek wineries scooped top marks in the US

Last month, two Greek wineries scooped top marks in the US magazine Wine & Spirits’ global competition. From a field of over 6,000 entrants, Argyros Estate of Santorini and Domaine Gerovassiliou of Epanomi, Thessaloniki, were picked among the top 100 wineries.

Argyros Estate, run by the Argyros family since 1903, is chiefly known for its aged Vin Santo, but it also produces some excellent whites, including the ‘Barrel select white’ combination of Asyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri (2004) sampled by the tasting panel at the Wine & Spirits awards.

Domaine Gerovassiliou was set up in 1981 by oenologist Evangelos Gerovassiliou. The winery has won barrels of awards: this year alone it scooped Best white wine in Europe for its Viognier 2005, a gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles for its Syrah 2003 and silver for the Chardonnay 2005, while at Wine & Spirits it collected bronze medals for both the Malagouzia 2005 and Viognier 2005.

Five Greek reds to track down and store >

  • Alpha Estate 2004 (Syrah – Xinomavro – Merlot), Alpha Estate. Keep 5 years or more.
  • Monopati Aivalis 2004 (Agiorgitiko), Aivali. Keep 5 years or more.
  • Ramnista 1997 (Xinomavro), Kir Yianni. Keep 3-5 years.
  • Nobile 1999 (Kotsifali – Mandilaria), Creta Olympias. Keep 3-5 years.
  • Mikroklima Papaioannou 2001 (Agiorgitiko), Papaioannou. Keep 4 years or more.

Because wine is a living organism, it’s important to keep it in the correct conditions: at between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius temp and at 70 percent humidity, away from smells and light. If you don’t have a cellar, keep it under the stairs, in the basement of the building, in the wardrobe or even under the bed if it’s far from the radiator.

Five wines for your everyday table >

  • Gerovasileiou white (Assyrtiko – Malagousia), Gerovasileiou.
  • Pavlidis white (Assyrtiko – Sauvignon Blanc), Pavlidis.
  • Hromitsa (Assyrtikio – Chardonnay – Athiri), Tsantalis.
  • Avantis (Syrah), Mountrihas.
  • Pyrorago (Kotsifali – Syrah – Cabernet Sauvignon), Creta Olympias.