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.