Greek wine transports me back to my trips to Greece's many beautiful spots from Athens to the Islands. I think that's why I love them! So it's very exciting to see Greek wine showing up in wine stores and restaurants more and more. Planet Wine, my local wine shop in Alexandria, is putting a full [...]
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A Tour of Italy was the theme for our Fine Wine Divas February event and Acqua al 2 in DC, my favorite Italian restaurant here and in Florence, was the perfect spot for it. Italy, which is slightly smaller than the state of California, is one HUGE vineyard, stretching from Piedmont in the north to Sicily [...]
As mentioned in my last article, I discovered some great wines from Greece and Italy at theÂ Fancy Food ShowÂ in DC. The second Greek discovery was Sokos Wines. Sokos Wines is located in central Greece on the north slopes of the KitheronasÂ mountain at Erythres. In the caves of this mythical mountain Kitheronas, it is said Zeus [...]
Last week attending the Fancy Food Show in DC (North America's largest specialty food & beverage event with 180,000 products and 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries), I headed right to the International area, Europe to be exact. I knew if there was wine to be found, it would be there.Â First stop: Greece. Success! I discovered [...]
On last night's Twitter #Winechat (join each Wednesday at 9pm ET), I guest hosted with a focus on Puglia. The heel of Italy's boot is a very interesting wine region, one I discovered last summer on our week long visit. Following are the wines I opened for last night's wine chat, facts and details I [...]
A smell and sip of the Assyrtiko...a bite of the Spanakopita...the Greek music playing in the background...for a moment, I was back in the Greek Islands. Alas it was Winesdays at my Alexandria, VA Whole Foods. But for an hour, as I walked around with my grocery cart sampling the five different Greek wine varietals [...]
Puglia wine dates back to Phoenician times and the Greeks named Puglia 'Enotria', Wineland. Today Puglia is the largest producer of wine in Italy. Often referred to as 'the wine cellar of Europe' because in the past it primarily produced wine to send to the rest of Italy and Europe for structure and alcohol content [...]
There's no better way to get to explore Bordeaux wine than being there in person! Last spring during our long weekend trip, I was able to try 30 wines from 14 of the 60 AOCs/regions. Here are the MUST GO's once you're there. * Your Wine Sign at La Winery LaÂ Winery, "A New Approach to [...]
While in Santorini I was thrilled to discover a new wine!Â Wineries dot the island and the 'bushes' grow everywhere.Â Â The dry volcanic soil produces a very unique grape. One evening during our stay, Vendema Resort's Sommelier Vaios Panagiotoulas took us on a Greek Wine Journey in their Canava Wine Bar (a catacomb carved out of [...]
Over the last 3 1/2 years living in Amsterdam, I've been lucky enough to pick up many different wines on my travels. I'm enjoying may way through them and thought I'd share with you as I go in case you're interested in seeking one out. Tonight I'm enjoying the Boutari Kretikos White 2007 from the [...]