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Greek Wineries During Times of Crisis: An Insider’s View with George Skouras

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.
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2007 Clean Slate Riesling – Mosel, Germany

Clear, pale lemon yellow with a little pétillance, or effervescence. Clean nose with light to medium intensity. Youthful aromas including green apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, slate, and anise star. Off-dry with medium acidity, body and light alcohol. Intense fruit flavors characteristic of the variety including apple and lime. Also some pear, orange, and floral notes with a soft minerality on the finish. Great pairing with spicy Phad Thai. For more wine notes and writing, visit Ryan’s blog oe•no•phile.
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The Rise of Rocky Mountain Riesling

Most Riesling connoisseurs have long considered Germany, specifically the Mosel Valley, as the varietal’s rightful throne. This is probably still true. The Mosel Valley’s unique, steep slopes of sun-absorbing slate have allowed the cool climate of Central-Western Germany to create ideal Riesling wines for over 150 years. But, as Riesling slowly grows in popularity, vintners around the world, the United States included, are giving it a go in new regions and climates. It is no wonder. While the retail sales of Pinot Gris outgrew all other white wines from 2004 until 2007, Riesling has taken that title for the last few years.