Greek wines are no longer the Retsinas of your cheap-drinking college days! Greek wines have history and substance and the rich flavors and aromas that come from growing grapes in a region for thousands of years.
Greek wines are bursting on the wine scene because of their ease in pairing with food and their relative affordability given the quality of the production. I first discovered Greek wines when actually on a trip to Greece two years ago and, since then have tasted some amazing wines in tasting groups and seek them out on creative wine lists whenever possible.
Four winemakers producing the rich “black” grape with the sexy name, Xinomavro, from the region of Naoussa in Northern Greece where even fountains flow with wine, will be bringing the experience of the region to share with wine aficionados in Southern California. Although the calendar is still evolving, there will be food and wine tastings on Monday, March 30th 4-6 PM at the Beverly Hills Womens Club, 1700 Chevy Chase Drive in Beverly Hills. Cost is $25-35 and includes a gorgeous crystal souvenir glass as well as great food and wine. Check out www.bhwomensclub.org/events to register.
On Tuesday, March 31st from 5-7 PM at Luna Vine Wine Bar, wine will be poured and food will be paired as well as a bit of educational chit-chat. Free event at 3206 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank 91505.
A media lunch on Tuesday, March 31st and a trade tasting on Wednesday, April 1st are planned. Email the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or if you have questions.