For over 4,000 years, wine has been a big part of Greek culture, opa! It is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the world. The first evidence of wine production dates back to ancient Crete.
(Chef and Evangelo Chatzivaritis)
I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Greek winery, Chatzivariti, at an intimate tasting at Docks Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill in Manhattan. The winemaker, Evangelo Chatzivaritis, was in attendance to share his passion for wine. Chatzivariti wines are organic and predominately made with Greek indigenous grapes that comes from its estate owned vineyards.
The third course of Duck and Fava Beans Fricassee went very well with the Staphylus, Cabernet Savignon. I’m not a big fan of duck so I concentrated on the wine. The cab was filled with some of my favorite aromas such as vanilla, tobacco, black cherry, and wild black fruits.
Last but not least was the Skuna Bay Salmon and Fingerling Potatoes was paired with the Eurynome Xinomavro/Negoska. The tender salmon worked well with the spice, olive, and bramble fruits in the wine.
Next time you go to the wine store and want to try something new, look for a Chatzivariti wine. I predict that you will become a fan. Cheers!