Wine of the Week: Muscat De Limnos (Greece)


While the weather outside is frightening, I’m remembering with joy a sailing trip I took to Greece and Turkey in 2004. Hard to believe almost 10 years have past since that unforgettable trip. These photos are from a more recent trip to Greece but the locations are the same.

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If you have never been and like to sail, I can recommend nothing better than a trip on a sailboat to these islands. I went with a friends sailing company in Italy, Sailor Company.

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As this is a wine blog, I will get back to the wine but do think about sailing again in Greece someday. On my trip, we visited Limnos (also spelled Lemnos), among other islands in the Aegean Sea. These islands are known as the Dodecanese or twelve islands even though there are many more islands in the group. We also visited Rhodes, Symi, and Kastellorizo, an amazing island where the film Mediterraneo by Gabriele Salvatores was filmed. So many incredible memories of that trip, I digress. Limnos is said to be the home of the ancient Greek god Dionysus.

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Muscat de Limnos that I tasted a while back is made from Muscat de Alexandria grapes. The light gold-colored wine is a beautiful dessert wine that pairs well with either sweets or cheeses. Aromas and flavors of peach and apricot and floral notes abound. A large cooperative makes most of the wines on the island. Here’s a delightful site about Greek Wines by Grape Rover, a Dutchman. I just saw the exhibit on Dutch Masters at the Frick so I am partial to all things Dutch, this site included. Interesting that he mentions Limnos wines were in the Iliad. I’ll have to pull out my very old copy and see that reference.

Wines made with Muscat of Limnos can either be fortified or naturally sweet. A Grand Cru designation can be added for the naturally sweet wine from some vineyards. I can’t wait to taste more Greek wines in a similar setting :).

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on avvinare and commented:

    With everything going on in Greece today, the country is very much on my mind. I thought I would repost this article that I wrote with these beautiful photos.

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