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Wine Wednesday: Hopa!

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I have never been to Greece. If I ever have the good fortune to do so, I know I’ll be sampling the local wine as I wander back through thousands of years of history. In the meantime, I’ll sit in my cold Canadian winter and dream of white-washed houses perched on sun-drenches islands above a turquoise sea, centuty old trees sitting in the dusty groves, Appollo, Athena, and, of course, food and wine!

Agiorgitiko Boutari 2008 is a well-priced Greek red wine that I picked up at the SAQ in Quebec for under $15. The Agiorgitiko grape is native to Greece and is one of the most widely grown variety. Why, then, have we never heard of it? A quick glance at both catalogues of the LCBO and the SAQ reveal few, if any, Greek wines available which is a shame. This grape can produce very dry tannic wines or soft, fruity reds and, at the price, is an affordable glass of the Mediterranean sun.

This particular wine was on the soft and fruity side of the style, with distinct notes of cocoa (think unsweetened) and cooked cherries. It was what I might serve a guest who doesn’t like a classic French dry red wine. It is low in acidity, but not so overly fruity as to be cloying. I can see drinking it a wee bit chilled, 30 minutes or so in the fridge, on a summer patio, or as a glass by itself while preparing dinner.

And yes, I drank it out of a Superman paper cup at The Beau’s birthday party with a slice of chocolate cake. ‘Cause you know what goes really well with chocolate cake? A nice rich, ripe berried red wine.

Stin iyia sas !

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Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.

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