Wine Grape of the Week: Vidiano, A Personal Favorite At Recent Tasting

Wines of Crete

Greece has been top of mind all week because of their financial troubles and what it may mean for Europe. In my previous life, I used to write about such events and their impact on stock markets. In my current life, thinking about Greece leads me to write about Greek wines I have tasted lately as well. I feel lucky to be able to consider both of these worlds part of my professional life.


The Wines of Crete tasting two weeks ago transported me back immediately to that sun blessed country. Their wine making history is very involved, dating back to ancient times that it is almost overwhelming to think about. I visited Crete many years ago and remember the taste of the tomatoes on the island, oddly enough but hadn’t had the wines in a couple of years. The tasting was a welcome moment to try grape varieties that I do not know well such as Vidiano. This variety is widely cultivated in Heraklion and is made into mono-varietal wines as well as blended with other local grapes such as Vilana, Plyto and Thrapsathiri. I liked the minerality, high acidity and low alcohol. I could imagine drinking large quantities of this wine and having a long lunch in a sunny piazza or on the beach. There were many versions of Vidiano at the tasting to try including mono-varietal wines from Alexakis, Diamantakis, and Minos-Miliarakis. There were also a number of blends using Vidiano and its other local partners in crime but I was more taken with these wines. I look forward to a return visit of the group and other chances to try the wines from this island in the middle of the wine-dark sea.

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  1. Reblogged this on avvinare and commented:

    Thinking about Greece and Greek Wine Week I reread this post. While some of the troubles seem to have slightly abated, since I wrote this post the migrant crisis always comes to mind when I think of Greece and the thousands of people who have gone to their shores. Being in NYC, the crisis can seem very far away. I wonder if sailing around the islands in Greece makes it all the more real when you come upon objects perhaps at sea or are somewhere where lots of migrants end up such as Lesbos. It is hard to know what to do because on the one hand you want to support the country and travel there while on the other, it feels wrong to be vacationing in a spot where so many people are suffering and have lost everything. I haven’t worked out in my mind what the right thing to do is yet. I think about this topic a lot and I remember not visiting Lampedusa for this reason as well.

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