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:
Santorini Assyrtiko, Argyro Estates
Estate Assyrtiko, 2011, Argyros Estates
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San Gerasimo, 2013, Robola of Cephalonia
Santorini Assyrtiko, 2013, Santo Wines
Santorini Assyrtiko Nykteri, 2013, Santo Wines
Mantinia Classic, 2013, Domaine Tslepos
Moschofilero, 2013, Lantides
Foloi, 2013, Mercouri Estate
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Ovilos White, 2013,
Estate White, 2013, Biblia Chora
Xinomavro Reserve Old Vines, 2009, Alpha Estate
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Nemea Grande Reserve, 2008, Cavino
Grande Reserve 2008, Boutari
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Cabernet Sauvignon/Agiorgitiko, 2009, Sokos Wines
Nemea, 2012, Zacharias Wines
Erythrosa, 2010, Zacharias Wines
Microclima, 2005, Ktima Papaionnou
Kotsifali/Syrah, 2011, Lyrarakis Winery
Mandilara, 2010, Lyrarakis Winery
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Email address for Kolonaki Group