Many economists see the ongoing financial crisis that started in 2007 as the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Greece dominated the news this year, and it was finally confirmed on May 2nd that the European governments and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are committed to pull Greece back from the brink of default, agreeing to provide emergency loans of € 110 billion.
Xinomavro is an indigenous grape variety that grows in Northern Greece and is anything but common. Wines made from this variety lack primary fruit on the nose; instead one finds an intriguing combination of olives and tomatoes. But on the palate, raspberry flavours typically shine through. The colour is often pale and relatively unstable, and can evolve quickly into a tawny colour in the glass. The rim often looks mature even in young wines.
Once consumers taste well-crafted indigenous Greek wines, many of their misconceptions disappear, replaced with real excitement of discovery.