by Markus Stolz

fine wine article

byMarkus Stolz
July 6, 2010, 3 Comments

The wines of Greece continue to make more and more headlines. A mere two years ago, one had to look hard to find solid info. Thankfully this has changed since, and I am very excited that more wine writers and bloggers discover these treasures and report on them.

There are of course writers that have covered Greece for quite some time. Tara Q. Thomas has been writing on the subject for years. She is the senior editor of the Wine & Spirits Magazine, some of her earlier writings can be found here.

This morning, I received the August 2010 issue of the magazine, and Tara covers one of my favourite Greek wine regions, Monemvasia, in great detail. Her article is one of the best I have ever come across: Extremely informative, rich in history, and written in a passionate voice that deeply touched me. Wine writing can hardly be better than this! The piece is followed immediately by another article by her, this time a personal homage to Greek pies. This is also written in a truly captivating style. After finishing the article, I drove straight to a bakery and bought a spinach pie for lunch. Previews of both pieces are here, full articles are available in the print edition.

Also included in the August issue are tasting notes and scores for 38 Greek wines covering many regions, out of which 25 are scored 90 to 93 points, priced between $16 and $42. 80% of all featured wines are priced below $ 30.

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  1. Markus, that’s fantastic! I’ll be sure to get a copy of the magazine, get some Greek wine and make that delicious Greek spinach pie… On another note, you should feel extremely good that your voice has had a very big influence in raising the visibility of Greek wines around the wolrd. Kudos!

  2. elloinosJuly 6, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Viviane, delighted that you will get a copy. Tara is a wonderful person and she has a super knowledge when it comes to Greek wines. You would love her! The article on the pies actually includes two recipes, one for Tiropitakia (Mini Cheese Pies) and another for Hortapita (Greens Pie). Undoubtedly they won’t fail in your hands!

  3. HazelNovember 6, 2011, 1:50 am

    Thanks for sharing this elloinos. We all could learn about the thriving wine culture in Greece.