Dear fellow wine lovers,
This is clearly not a year like most others. Big feasts aren't in the cards. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate with friends and family, in person or virtually.
My favourite choices for celebrations are the things I don't drink every day--sparkling wines and sweet wines. At my virtual wine tastings, I almost always open with a sparkling wine, and I almost always finish with a dessert wine, in part because so few people know them.
I have two Greek sparkling wines, two Belgian sparkling wines, and one Greek sweet wine--all excellent--in my web shop:
I haven't put it in the web shop yet, but also have access to an excellent Cretan red dessert wine called Helios, produced by Douloufakis from sun-dried Liatiko grapes, for about 20 euros. Let me know if you're interested!
- Domaine Tselepos's Amalia Brut - méthode traditionnelle Greek sparkling wine from Mantinia (Peloponnese) made from floral Moscofilero grapes. It pairs well with sushi and Asian dishes such as mildly spicy coconut curries.
- Domaine Karaníka's eponymous Karaníka sparkling wine - also méthode traditionnelle -- made from Xinomavro grapes grown in Macedonia. Biodynamic. It pairs well with roast chicken and turkey.
- Domaine du Chenoy's white Perle de Wallonie, an organic sparkling wine produced close to Brussels from a blend of four German and Swiss grape varieties. It pairs well with sushi, teriyaki and sweet and sour dishes.
- Domaine du Chenoy's Christmassy rosé Perle de Wallonie, an elegant, organic sparkling wine made with a blend of three grapes. It pairs well with poultry dishes and pork as well as Asian food.
- Estate Argyros's Vinsanto, an exquisite, award-winning sweet wine from the Greek island of Santorini. It's made from a mixture of local, sun-dried Assyrtiko, Aidani and Athiri grapes and is excellent with goat cheese, nuts, dried fruit such as figs and dates and with cookies such as Cantuccini. You wouldn't necessarily serve it with dessert. Ideally it is the dessert.
Over the holidays I will schedule another round of virtual wine tastings, this time focusing on Portuguese wines for a change. Watch this space!
In the meantime I wish you happy holidays and a good start in the new year!