Bright White and Red Velvet
Ten days of visiting Greek wineries last year confirmed what I suspected: Greece has unique, delicious, premium and value-packed wines that we don’t get here. I’m happy to say that two of the wines I tasted there have (finally) made it to the LCBO’s general list and are on store shelves now. This is great news for those of us who love a tasty bargain!
Moschofilero Boutari (2009) is a dry white wine made from aromatic, pink-skinned Moschofilero grapes. At first whiff, the nose seems stifled, but give it a few moments to warm itself up after the chill of the fridge, then look for delightful tropical and ripe melon aromas that carry over to the palette. With its bright acidity, low 11.5% alcohol level and astonishing $11.95 price, this wine should fly off the shelves. Enjoy it as an easy sipper or pair it with salads, seafood, picnics and parties.
I shared it on the patio with dinner and neighbour Suzi one sultry, sticky evening. She liked this wine’s light easy company. “You don’t want a wine to weigh you down because the weather is already doing that.” ‘Nuff said. Fantastic value. LCBO 172387
Its sister in a red velvet dress is Agiorgitiko Boutari (2005). Served at 16º this mid-weight winner is a pizza, burger and barbecue kind of gal. She mixes with tomato sauces and cheeses, but will go the distance with a few nibblies at a party. This is a different wine; softly plummy and berryish with a hint of spice, gentle tannins and a nice bite of acidity that cozies up to whatever you put on a plate. Great buy for $11.95. LCBO 172148
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