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Monday, June 14, 2010
May 13/10: New Wines of Greece at Metropolitan Hotel
The Time and Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Event: New Wines of Greece.
The Venue: Metropolitan Toronto Hotel
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: Most wines were available now (or later in the year) through the normal LCBO distribution channels. A few will have to be privately ordered.
The Quote/Background: John Szabo MS led a 90-minute seminar that featured a comparative tasting of Greek and International varieties. He began with the white Moschofilero (comparing with Alvarinho and Pinot Grigio) and Assyrtiko varieties (comparing with Chablis and Gruner Veltliner). For reds, he had Agiorgitiko (compared with Muga Rioja and Bordeaux Merlot) and Xinomavro (compared with Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir
The Wines: I did not taste all the wines. Some prices were a little vague, and it was difficult to navigate at times.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Argyros Vinsanto 1989, over $100 a half-litrePraxis
-Boutari Grande Reserve Naoussa 2004, $18Kolonaki
-Domaine Mercouri Red 2007 [refosco,mavrodaphne]Rubaiyat