Every year for the past four years I’ve poured at the Ladies of Philoptohos Greek Wine Tasting. It takes place Sunday, November 13 at the Kimisis Greek Orthodox Church in Poughkeepsie. I am really quite disappointed because this year I will be out of town, but Mr. Hudson Valley Wine Goddess will be pouring in my place.
I really enjoyed pouring at this event. It gave me a chance to try the wines from Greece that you wouldn’t normally seek out and learn about the indigenous grapes of the region. Surprisingly enough you come across a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. In the past three years I have seen some great strides in the winemaking that has come from this country.
The price of admission to this event is $25 or $30 at the door. Well worth the price even if you don’t drink. The food is incredible! Not to mention all those wonderful Greek desserts. I am hoping my wonderful husband will bring me home those cookies with the powder sugar on it. (some long Greek name I can’t pronounce nor spell)
If you want to taste the different wines from Greece, I highly recommend spending Sunday afternoon at this wine tasting. You will be able to taste the different varieties of wines that Greece produces.
- Xynomavro – a red variety from the northern Greece. Typically grown in Macedonia and is compared to a Pinot Noir
- Agiorgitiko – a red variety grown in the Peloponnese region. Tannic and fruity.
- Moschofilero – grown in the Mantinia region of Peleponnese. This grape has high acidity with floral and spicy aromas
- Assyrtiko – this high acidic variety is originally from the island of Santorini but now grown throughout the country.