Greek wine introductions are more than plain fun, they are educational. This holds true for both, the “tutor” and the attendees. I hosted two very different events that were both totally worth the effort:
A couple of weeks ago I visited the well known Campus Geisenheim in Germany (Oenology). I introduced about 20 high-end Greek wines to 30 students (International Wine Business) over a 4-hour period. Varietals covered included Roditis, Moschofilero, Malagousia, Robola, Assyrtiko, Roussanne, Agiorgitiko, Xinomavro, Mavrodaphne, Mavrotragano, Mavroudi, Limnio and Syrah. Apart from introducing and tasting the wines, solid discussions about the marketing of Greek wines took place.
Given that most if not all students will likely be working in key positions in the German wine industry in a few years time, I was more than delighted for the opportunity to share my knowledge and views with them. Kudos to Campus Geisenheim for ensuring that Greek wines receive ample coverage.
Yesterday evening I hosted a Greek wine tasting for 50+ students and professors from the University of Missouri from the US who are visiting Greece for a 4-week summer programme (check out the link, it is pretty cool).
Scott Cairns, a University of Missouri faculty member, directs the program. He is accompanied by a faculty of Greek and American writers. I have done a similar event for them last year, and was really looking forward to meet again. The chosen place was the Athens Centre, which provided the perfect setting for a stunning evening.
We enjoyed six wines: Roditis (Tetramythos), Moschofilero (Tselepos), Malgousia (Boutari/Matsa Estate), Assyrtiko (Gaia), Agiorgitiko (Palivou) and Xinomavro (Karyda). Time flew by – thanks to the audience who was extremely engaged. I love nothing more than people who show an honest interest, and this group was hungry for knowledge! After the “official” 2 hour presentation, it took me another half an hour to answer additional questions asked. Professor Cairns, your people rock! I will be waiting for you next year ;)