Olly’s Greek Classics—

Alongside English wine, Greek vino is where I spend most on bottles to share with friends. It’s the combination of unique local grape varieties and small scale production across the regions that keeps me hooked. For range and prices, The Wine Society are excellent, while on the high street prices are higher but enjoyment is stratospheric. For white grapes, Assyrtiko is a steely citrus powerhouse with fragrant alternatives such as Moschofilero and Malagousia also worth seeking out. For reds, I love Xinomavro (think Pinot Noir meets Nebbiolo) and Agiorgitiko (think Syrah tussling with Tempranillo) for more richer sumptuous drops.

 

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Mitravalas ‘White on Grey’ Moschofilero 2019 (12%) £7.95 The Wine Society. Great value for a lemony scented white with enticing exotic flair.

Lion’s Den Greek Assyrtiko 2019 (13%) £9.99 aldi.co.uk (online only). Peachy and piercing, this is superb white to pair with a Greek Salad.

Domaine Skouras Wild Ferment Assyrtiko 2019 (13%) £15.99 Majestic. ‘Wild Ferment’ gives an extra dimension of rich complexity, this Greek gem is fantastic with fish pie.

Tetramythos Muscat Blanc Sec Organic 2019 (13%) £18 wineandgreene.comA liquid legend – quince, ginger and apricots with pithy tangerine all glowing with gorgeousness.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2019 (13%) £10.95 The Wine Society. Vibrant, scented world class red. If you like Pinot Noir, you’ll love this, made by one the greatest talents in Greece.

This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 15th November 2020.

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