This week Slow Living Radio celebrates all things Greek through four very different perspectives.
Maria Tourikis Wainwright was born in Greece, and travels back frequently to find products from her country to bring back to the US. She and her husband, John Wainwright from London, share their travel experiences, exciting finds and the regional diversity of Greek food, wine and culture.
Peter Granoff, M.S., Co-Owner, Oxbow Wine Merchant, has developed a penchant for Greek Wine, carrying many unique varietals on his shelves and educating his customers about the emerging yet historic industry.
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Peter Granoff MS
Oxbow Wine Merchant,
Peter's Recommended Greek Wines
|Peter with a bottle of |
("sour black") is the predominant grape variety in Macedonia, centered around the town of Naousa. This variety has great aging potential with a palate reminiscent of tomatoes and olives, and a rich tannic character. It is often compared to Nebbiolo.
Moschofilero is a Blanc de gris variety from the AOC region of Mantineia, in Arcadia in the Peloponnese. Its wines offer a crisp and floral character in both still and sparkling styles.
Malagousia is a grape growing mainly in Macedonia, with a special aroma leading to elegant full bodied wines, with medium-plus acidity and exciting perfumed aromas.
Assyrtiko is a multi-purpose variety which maintains its acidity as it ripens. It is similar in character to Riesling, and is mostly island-based, being a native variety of the island of Santorini, whose old vines have been resistant to Phylloxera.
Maria Tourikis Wainwright and John Wainwright
Maria's Greek friends....
Food and Wine Travel
Maria's Greek Easter Tsoureki
sitting on a bed of Greek Mountain tea