- Do you work in wine?
- Where are you from?
- What’s you favourite Retsina?
If I got a penny for every time someone asks me which my favourite Retsina is and if I drink a lot of Retsina and if we Greeks add pine extract to other alcoholic beverages and if we break plates (no, we don’t!) and … the list just goes on and on, I would have my first million by now! (slight exaggeration alert)
I used to get so upset when all that people wanted to know about Greek wine was Retsina! And I love Retsina! I love this wonderfully resinated wine so much that I did my Bachelor’s Thesis on it! But now, I embrace people’s curiosity and I believe that part of the reason behind it, is the emergence of a beautiful, modern profile of Retsina made by a selection of forward-thinking producers.
During the late Summer days, I was particularly intrigued by the launch of a new label by Kechris, called Afros (foam in eng.).
Afros is a new, modern expression of Retsina for that it is made slightly sparkling; in a pét-nat (pétillant naturel) style, which is proving to be remarkably trendy around the world lately but it actually dates back to the very early days of winemaking. It is also referred to as méthode ancestrale. The method involvs the bottling of the wine before the end of the primary fermentation and the absence of filtration, so that the natural sparkle; spritz; fizz of the wine is trapped in the bottle delivering this wonderfully refreshing effervescence.
Afros by Kechris, however, is a fresh Retsina, bottled without prior fermentation but not significantly cloudy and is the most fun Retsina I’ve ever tried! The press release tells me that back in the 20th century, the traditional cellars and little taverns in Thessaloniki used to serve the new Retsina harvest on the 26th October, the day of St Demitrios, patron saint of Thessaloniki.
Very elegant and delicately aromatic, offering the classic aromas of Retsina but in the most fine and pleasing fashion while the light sparkle elevates the herbal character making Afros a very fun and refreshing wine to enjoy with their family and friends! Have you tried using retsina to make a Greek Mojito ? Check out the recipe HERE and you are welcome 🙂
ΟR check out Kechris’s own cocktail recipe which is very rightly called
Food matching: Oh, so many different dishes! My go-to pairing would be any fried or grilled seafood. Think of fried calamari, grilled octopus, fried zucchini or zucchini balls, grilled saganaki chess or freshly grilled fish! I had mine wine grilled sea-bass and it was perfect!
You can find some food matching inspiration below!
Afros, a pet-Nat Retsina by Kechris: https://www.mycava.gr/en/catalogsearch/result/?q=afros
(this is a relatively new product, so I could only found it on a Greek online shop for now but I am sure that it will be more widely distributed soon)
BTW, I just launched my wine YouTube Channel so if you want to watch me talking about Afros and other delicious Greek wines from our Christmas table please click on the link below. It would be amazing if you subscribed and hang out with me on that platform, too! Thanks!