2014 Annual Greek Wine Tasting – Toronto


North Americans who started enjoying wine in the 1950’s were always of the opinion that France, Italy, Germany, and Spain produce the most appealing products.

In the last 60 years, the wine production scene changed drastically.

New World wine producing countries started to make excellent products, and spent a lot on marketing to convince wine drinkers that their wines deserve a place on tables everywhere

Greece, although one of the oldest wine producing countries of the world, was late in entering the scientific wine production realm, but since 1983 made great strides.

Today, most Greek wines are properly made.

Viticulture improved a great deal, and some popular European grape varieties have been adopted (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, semillon come to mind).

Some varietal wines of European varieties are made and marketed; others are blended with indigenous varieties. In both cases a few are of good, some of outstanding quality.

The 2014 Toronto annual Greek wine tasting featured many Cretan wines.

Crete is the fourth largest Mediterranean island and now produces very fine white and red wines.

Unfortunately, the L.C.B.O. carries only a limited selection in its general list portfolio. There may be several reasons for his, but quality and value are definitely not part of this misguided policy.

The majority of Modern Greek wines are fruity, balanced, and delicious with good mouth feel and long pleasant aftertaste. Winemakers ensure that all go with food, especially Mediterranean specialties.

I tasted well over 60 wines, and selected the following:

White wines

Santorini Assyrtiko, Argyro Estates

Estate Assyrtiko, 2011, Argyros Estates

For placing an order see below
Kolonaki Group

San Gerasimo, 2013, Robola of Cephalonia


Santorini Assyrtiko, 2013, Santo Wines

Santorini Assyrtiko Nykteri, 2013, Santo Wines
Kolonaki Group

Mantinia Classic, 2013, Domaine Tslepos

Moschofilero, 2013, Lantides

Foloi, 2013, Mercouri Estate
For orders contact

Ovilos White, 2013,

Estate White, 2013, Biblia Chora

Red wines

Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines, 2009, Alpha Estate
For orders contact

Nemea Grande Reserve, 2008, Cavino

Grande Reserve 2008, Boutari
For orders contact

Cabernet Sauvignon/Agiorgitiko, 2009, Sokos Wines

Nemea, 2012, Zacharias Wines

Erythrosa, 2010, Zacharias Wines

Microclima, 2005, Ktima Papaionnou

Kolonaki Group

Kotsifali/Syrah, 2011, Lyrarakis Winery

Mandilara, 2010, Lyrarakis Winery
Contact for the last two

Email address for Kolonaki Group


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