Santorini Wines are unique and make my heart beat faster. Literally. It’s the vines themselves – I am completely in love with these basket- shaped grapevines, trained in this spectacular way to protect the fruit from the powerful winds and the fierce heat, grown in the island’s volcanic soils! Assyrtiko is the absolute star of … More Santorini Wine: Gavalas Natural Ferment Assyrtiko
Drinking Tsipouro brings a salty, iodine-like flavour to my lips but this is not part of its flavour profile. It derives from my memories; salty hair, sun-kissed cheeks and a summery carelessness. My mum says that she likes drinking tsipouro only to indulge the first gulp of an ice cold beer in the summer.
I tried Dark Cave by Tsililis for the first time at Vogatsikou 3, Best Cocktail Bar in Greece as awarded by the FnL Awards, and it was absolutely stunning.
Such a rich nose full of ripe figs and glazed grapes with walnut and almond notes followed by a velvety, tongue hugging mouthfeel. … More Tsililis Dark Cave – an aged Tsipouro worth seeking out!
Last night at Mandarin Oriental, Terry Kandylis, head Sommelier at 67 Pall Mall and Best Greek Sommelier 2015, made a magnificent achievement: he was the winner of the Moët UK Sommelier of the year 2016 competition! This is a very challenging competition including a Service, a Questions and finally a Blind Tasting exam! Congratulations on … More UK Sommelier of the Year 2016: Terry Kandylis
I am always intrigued to try wines from grape varieties I haven’t heard of before. When I visited Bientôt, a wine shop and creative space in my home city Thessaloniki, the ever knowledgeable Maria Samou, suggested Petite Fleur to me. At first glance, the bottle looks very pretty and the colour is an elegant, salmon … More Petite Fleur – a delicate Sideritis rosé by Parparousis
Fancy an aromatic bubbly this summer? Would you rather try an indigenous variety and taste a different kind of wine from the Peloponnese, a land full of ancient myths and beautiful landscapes? I first tried Amalia Brut by Tselepos Wines this past Christmas and has become a dinner-table favourite since then. This delicious sparkler is made of … More Amalia Brut by Tselepos Wines
If Summer weather is not coming your way, pan-fry a few mullets and enjoy their crisp crust with a chilled glass of Moschofilero in hand! #Summerfeeling … More Moschofilero-Mantinia by Tselepos & Pan-Fried Mullets
If you’re in London, you should follow the Greek wine trail that leads to Peckham Bazaar in South London, the child of Donald Edwards, ex-sommelier, and chef John Gionleka. Fay Maschler, in last year’s November review of Peckham Bazaar in the Evening Standard wrote: “Peckham Bazaar has been described as serving the best Greek food … More Xinomavro in London: It needs a hero!
My birthday this year could be described as an extravaganza of different feelings. There’s definitely a difference between “growing up and growing old” and the wine we cracked open on my birthday fully embraced this saying. Extremely happy to have my parents visiting me, I decided that we should toast with something special indeed and I … More A blend of two vintages – NOHMA by Palivou Estate
Is Santorini the strongest brand name in Greece? I believe that the answer is Yes. Santorini is the diva, the Marilyn Monroe of Greek wines, with production volumes struggling to please the ongoing rising demand. Prices are increasing and Santorini wines, mainly dry, still Assyrtiko, are establishing Greek Wines in the winelover’s conscience. By the … More “Volcanic Bubbles” – Santo Brut
A few days back, I asked my mother to take a photo of a very beloved recipe I like to make, when I’m feeling homesick. This dish is not what you call a signature Greek dish but for some reason, the aromas of smoked salmon paired with onions and mustard take me back to my … More Rosé KANENAS by Tsantali & Pappardelle with Smoked Salmon