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. First stop: Greece. Success!

I discovered two very nice Greek wineries to share…Sokos Wines and Nico Lazaridi.

Nico Lazaridi, imported by Fantis Foods to the U.S., was established in 1987 as the first organized wine-producing facility in the Drama region of Greece (in the north). Twenty years later, they have roughly 34 wines in their portfolio.

Nico Lazaridi The Black Sheep 

  • Grape Variety: Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc from Protected Geographical Indication of Macedonia (in Northern Greece)
  • Aroma: Melon, honey and fresh cut grass
  • Taste: Crisp citrus with a slight sweetness, melon and minerality on the finish
  • Thoughts: While not classic Greek grape varietals its very interesting to taste these two together grown in Greece. It’s a nice full bodied crisp wine that’s worth trying if you’re looking for something different. It’s also sealed / closed with the very cool Stelvin Lux top (screw top with , outer aluminum shell looks like a foil capsule) and get the wine very fresh for days!
For more on Greek wines, visit New Wines of Greece.Next more from Greece in Sokos Wines then on to my Italy discoveries.

Yamas to Greek wine!