Greek wines continue to make headway in a most impressive way. Last week I had an appointment at one of Germany’s most highly regarded gourmet restaurants, the Restaurant Bareiss in the Black Forest. It is one of nine establishments in Germany that carries three Michelin stars. The Michelin Guide also highlights their wine list as offering an especially attractive choice.
I had the pleasure of showing a selection of my portfolio that I carry via 600bottles to the well-known Sommelier Juergen Fendt. Many critics regard Herr Fendt as the best German Sommelier. It goes without saying that he is extremely knowledgeable; I certainly enjoyed his comments and also learned some important lessons on how a top Sommelier selects wines.
We tasted 7 wines from 5 producers, including indigenous and international varieties, covering the regions of Drama, Naoussa, Peloponnese, Santorini and Crete. Herr Fendt commented that the wines presented will fit very well into their wine list, and that all are well priced. He decided to include 6 wines from the spring of 2011 onwards. Diners will be able to enjoy wines from Pavlidis, Thimiopoulos, Tetramythos, Gaia and Manousakis at one of the finest and most prestigious restaurants in Germany. On offer will be a blend of Agiorgitiko/Syrah, as well as the 100% varietals Xinomavro, Roditis, Assyrtiko, Syrah and Roussanne. As far as I know, this the first time ever that such a great selection of fine Greek wines will be included in the wine list of a restaurant with 3 Michelin stars in Germany.
I am truly delighted by this development, as it is a recognition of the work and progress that Greek wineries have made in recent years. I am lucky to call these winemakers my friends and I congratulate them on this great result! I am also very impressed by Herr Fendt, he is clearly a professional that is open-minded and is not afraid to embrace change.