I find that true wine lovers often make an extra effort to expand their knowledge. One of the most rewarding ways doing so is to meet with winemakers and learn from them.
Michael Holzer, who had watched the Greek wine episode on Wine Library TV, contacted me towards the end of May. Michael is a physician who works at the University of Miami and travels a lot with his 5-year old daughter. I highly recommend you read about their adventures here: www.mytb.org/throughmyeyes.
This year’s summer trip was to be in South Africa for the football world cup; in addition, they had also planned to visit Greece for a few days. After having watched the Wine Library episode, Michael became so interested in the Xinomavro varietal that he actually changed his already fully planned schedule to make time to visit some of the producers I recommended to him.
I just received the following message from him that I would like to share (kind permission received):
I had a great time in Greece and the wine tasting was awesome….definitely a big fan of Xinamavro. Went to Alpha Estate and spent a couple hours with Angelos Iatridis who took me around the winery. I was lucky because there was a big tasting the day before so I was able to taste their whole line including a few different years of their top wines. Really enjoyed their flagship blend, as well as their top Xinamavro and a Tannat.
The highlight though was the time I spent with Apostolos Thimiopoulos. He took me around the hills of Naoussa, let my daughter play with his rabbits, served us good food, and tasted his incredible wine, including barrel tasting of the 2008 Uranos which was incredible….I was also able to get some of the 2007 off him as well….he was very impressed how I came all the way to Naoussa after watching the wine library episode…..Really is a great person, who makes some incredible wine.
Thanks again for all the info and introducing me to some great Greek wine….I brought back a bunch of bottles as well to drink over the years.
Thank you so much Michael, I am delighted that you had such a rewarding time. The pictures with the winemakers speak for themselves ;) And what great way to introduce your cute daughter to the world of wine!