Assyrtiko de Louros is made from more than 100-year old ungrafted, organically grown vines in the volcanic soils of Santorini. Haridimos Hatzidakis, a leading producer of the island, keeps pushing the Assyrtiko potential further and Louros is simply staggering. Deep gold in colour, with seductive oriental spices, dried apricot and peach notes and appetising flavours … More Assyrtiko de Louros 2012 – a unicorn wine from Santorini
Today, we are told, it’s Blue Monday. The saddest of all Mondays. As if the rest of the Mondays of the year, you only encounter jolly happy people in the tube, the office, the gym. If working in wine has taught me one thing this is to always be optimistic. You never know how exactly … More If wine has taught me anything, it is to be an optimist
Jason of Ktima Ligas identified the potential of this rather underestimated indigenous Greek variety, a grape mainly used for entry level quality Retsina and unlocked its stunning, herbal and spicy profile! Barrel fermented, an orange wine with fantastic freshness and attractive herbal character and with Mediterranean countryside dried herb notes. … More Melina, an orange Roditis from Ktima Ligas in Pella
Cristal 2009 is an absolutely stunning Champagne made from the family’s selected vineyards of older vines in mainly grand Cru designated property. A truly gastronomic wine with a beautiful golden colour and elegant notes of citrus zest, juicy exotic fruit and a pronounced minerality. Very energetic and expressive with a unique power and personality. … More The stunning Louis Roederer Cristal 2009
My pre-birthday celebrations 🍰 included the delicious Villa Marcello Prosecco 2015 (these bubbles though!) and the outstanding Marchesi Mazzei Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2011. Quite possibly, this is my favourite wine I’ve tried this year! So generous and plethoric. The nose is reminiscent of dried flowers, figs and prunes with notable hints of tobacco, … More My all Italian pre-birthday celebrations
The police suspected Pieter of killing and burying his son. Saying that a huge misunderstanding took place would be an understatement! Of course, Pieter’s son is perfectly healthy and well! Not the most common story about the inspiration behind a label – this is the actual newspaper story appeared back in October 2013! … More Pieter Walser and Blank Bottle: fascinating wines and stories
I am incredibly excited about this post! 2016 will be the second year that the London Greek Wine Festival is taking place in the UK under the leadership and guidance of Theodore Kyriakou, co-owner and founder of The Greek Larder. Last year, the Greek wine producers and the festival’s guest were lucky enough to be greeted … More London Greek Wine Festival 8th-9th October 2016
Are you looking for fresh and exciting summer wines? I tried 8 rare wines from the Greek Islands and I can’t recommend them enough! … More Eight summer wines from the Greek Islands (unconventional edition)
Santorini Wines are unique and make my heart beat faster. Literally. It’s the vines themselves – I am completely in love with these basket- shaped grapevines, trained in this spectacular way to protect the fruit from the powerful winds and the fierce heat, grown in the island’s volcanic soils! Assyrtiko is the absolute star of … More Santorini Wine: Gavalas Natural Ferment Assyrtiko
Drinking Tsipouro brings a salty, iodine-like flavour to my lips but this is not part of its flavour profile. It derives from my memories; salty hair, sun-kissed cheeks and a summery carelessness. My mum says that she likes drinking tsipouro only to indulge the first gulp of an ice cold beer in the summer.
I tried Dark Cave by Tsililis for the first time at Vogatsikou 3, Best Cocktail Bar in Greece as awarded by the FnL Awards, and it was absolutely stunning.
Such a rich nose full of ripe figs and glazed grapes with walnut and almond notes followed by a velvety, tongue hugging mouthfeel. … More Tsililis Dark Cave – an aged Tsipouro worth seeking out!