Fancy Food Show Wine Discoveries: Greece

As mentioned in my last article, I discovered some great wines from Greece and Italy at the Fancy Food Show in DC. The second Greek discovery was Sokos Wines.

Sokos Wines is located in central Greece on the north slopes of the Kitheronas mountain at Erythres. In the caves of this mythical mountain Kitheronas, it is said Zeus and Semeli gave birth to Dionysus-Bacchus, the god of grapevine and wine. What a perfect place to grow grapes and make wine!

Making wine since 1960, they have a large portfolio of wines currently only distributed in Europe (I’m almost positive I tried a few when we lived there), but are working on U.S. distribution. The Show was their first time in the U.S.

I tasted three of their white wines with Argiris Sokos…

  • Drykos Kefalai – Assyrtiko & Chardonnay: This was a very interesting blend of the Greek variety, Assyrtiko, and Chardonnay. In this wine, the Chardonnay added a round full body to the bright acidity of the Assyrtiko. Very nice combination!
  • Malagouzia: These grapes come from the slopes of Mount Kitheronas. It was very peach and apricot forward in aroma and taste with a full body and fruity touch of sweetness.
  • Savatiano: This Greek variety made a nice crisp yet round wine that reminded me of a Seyval Blanc or white Burgundy.

Greek wines are very fun to explore! The grape varieties are new and different to most of us and you can just dream of sitting on a Greek island while you sip them. 🙂 For more on Greek wine, visit New Wines of Greece.

Yamas to Greek wine discoveries!