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Friday, June 1, 2012

May 17 - New Wines of Greece Trade Show

The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2012   11:30 AM to 4PM

The Event: New Wines of Greece trade show

The Venue: Metropolitan Hotel

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: wines are in a state of flux, some are arriving, others must be privately ordered, and some wineries are looking for agents. Prices were estimates at best.

The Quote/Background: There was a seminar on New Wines of Greece, led by John Szabo who presented eight wines. These have been folded into the ratings below.

The Wines: I did not taste every wine, preferring reds.


**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Papaioannou Estate 2007 Nemea Red, $19.95

-Vinsanto Argyros 1990 [barrel aged 20 years], $100 half-litre

-Avantis Syrah 2009 Evia

-Kir Yianni Diaporos 2008 Imathia, $50

-Parparoussis Muscat de Rio Patras 2006

-Tsanttali Rapsani Grande Reserve 2005


***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Alexakis Vidiano 2011 Crete White

-Porto Carras Malagousia 2011 Sithonia White

-Katogi Averoff Xinomavro 2007 Naoussa, $17

-Alpha Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines 2008 Amyndeo, 29

-Antonopoulos Private Collection Red 2006

-Boutari Grande Reserve 2007 Naoussa, $18.95 consignment Kolonaki

-Antidote 2001 Mantzavinata Dry Rose

-Gaia Estate 2007 Nemea Red

-Hatzimichalis Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $17.95

-Hatzimichalis Estates Kapnias Red 2007

-Karyda Naoussa 2008, $24.

-Kourites Red 2010 Hepirus

-Katogi Averoff Red 2008 Macedonia

-Oenotria Land Cabernet Sauvignon-Agiorgitiko 2007 Drama

-Chateau Nico Lazaridi Red 2009 Drama, $30

-Ianos Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Slopes of Aegialia

-Papaioannou Chardonnay 2011 Corinth, $18 consignment Kolonaki

-Papaioannou Old Vines 2006 Agiorgitiko 2006 Nemea, $23 consignment Kolonaki

-Parparoussis Nemea Reserve 2005

-Santo Wines Assyrtiko Grande Resere 2009, $35

-Santo Wines Vinsanto 2004, $40

-Siglas Santorini 2011

-Domaine Spiropoulos Nemea 2008 [organic], $19.95 consignment Rubaiyat

-Tsanttali Kanenas White 2011 Ismaros

-Tetramythos Malagousia 2011 Achaia, $16 [organic] Amv-Whiz

-Tetramythos Black of Kalavryta 2011 Achaia, $17 [organic] Amv-Whiz


*** GOOD -- Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Kir Yanni Akakies Rose 2011 Amyndeo, $11.95

-Spiropoulos Mantinia 2011 White

-Santo Wines Assyrtiko 2011 Santorini

-Brintzikis Estate Bio 2008 Ilia Red [organic]

-Hatzimichalis Estates Chardonnay 2010 Atalanti, $14.95

-Chateau Julia Merlot 2008 Drama

-Okto White 2011 Crete

-Monemvassios Red 2005, $15.95

-Asprolithi Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Slopes of Aegialia

-Pavlidis Thema White 2011 Drama, $20

-Chateau Porto Carras 2004 Slopes of Meliton [organic] $19.95

-Tetramythos Roditis 2011 Patras White, $13.95 [organic] Amv-Whiz


The Food: as always, the hotel provided some of the best lamb lollipops in town (albeit with bone), along with cured salmon, roast beef, cheeses, and a variety of sushi and other platters.

The Downside: it as a tough week and I had two more functions to go to this day.

The Upside: a new look at the newer wines.

The Contact Person:

The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 89.

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