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Thursday, June 13, 2013
New Wines of Greece Trade show, May 13/13, notes --
The Date and Time: Monday, May 13, 2013
The Event: New Wines of Greece trade show
The Venue: Skin + Bones Wine Bar
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the agents or at the LCBO in the case of listings.
The Quote/Background: It was a self-pour function, with wines laid out in seven tables, about 6 7 apiece, mostly based by grape varieties. There was a meal with three other wines per course, we had had earlier at the self-pour tables, plus three sweet wines and s sparkler at the beginning.
The Wines: agents are listed in parentheses; prices were normally not given.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sigalas Santorini Barrel 2011 (Kolonaki)
-Biblia Chora Ovilos White 2011 (Kolonaki)
-Nico Lazaridi Chateau White 2011 (Vergina)
-Antonopoulos Private Collection red 2006 Mavro/Merlot (Kolonaki)
-Gerovassiliou Estate White Malagousia 2012 (Kolonaki)
-Costa Lazaridi Amythystos White Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Dionysus)
-Hatzimichalis Chardonnay 2011 (Dionysus)
-Tsantali Rapsami Red 2010 (Churchill)
-Gaia Wines Agiorgitiko 2011 (Small Winemakers)
-Tselepos Driopi Reserve 2008 (Kolonaki)
-Kir Yianni Ramnista 2009 (Kolonaki)
-Kir Yianni Akakies 2009 (Kolonaki)
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Tsantali Makedonikos White 2011 (Churchill)
-Skouras Cuvee Prestige White 2012 (Kolonaki)
-Mediterra Xerolithia 2012 (Kolonaki)
-Spiropoulos Mantinia 2011 (Rubaiyat)
-Tselepos Mantinia 2012 (Kolonaki)
-GWC Apelia White 2012 (Dionysus)
-Boutari Malagouzia Matsa 2011 (Kolonaki)
-Santo Wines Assyrtiko Santorini 2011 (Churchill)
-Argyros Estate White 2011 (Kolonaki)
-Papaioannou Chardonnay 2011 (Kolonaki)
-Nico Lazaridi Chateau Rose 2012 (Vergina) $15.95
-Mediterra Mirambelo 2010 (Kolonaki)
-Nico Lazaridi Chateau Red 2009 (Vergina) $15.95
-Hatzimichalis Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Dionysus)
-Katogi-Strofilia Averoff Red 2008 (Vergina)
-Skouras St. George Nemea 2010 (Kolonaki)
-GWC Apelia Agiorgitiko 2010 (Dionysus)
-Thymiopoulos Young Vines Naoussa 2011 (Victory)
-Thymiopoulos Uranos Naoussa 2010 (Victory)
-Karydas Naoussa 2008 (Kolonaki)
-Katogi-Strofilia Naoussa 2007 (Vergina)
The Food: platters of hot appetizers, including steak tartare and mushrooms and off-dry rice balls. Plus lunch with three wines per course. First course was BC side shrimp salad with a spicy relish, followed by grilled trout with a white bean ragout, and then a flat iron steak with carrots and potatoes. Dessert (which I missed) was a sticky toffee pudding.
The Downside: I had to leave for another wine tasting (see below), so I skipped dessert and the three dessert wines (Vinsanto, Muscat)
The Upside: I loved the self-pour idea; it got away from agent/principal pressures.