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It'd be a tragedy for you not to try the wines of Greece, that is if Andrea Englisis has a say in it.
Englisis is co-owner of Athenee Importers, the largest importer and distributor of wine, spirits and beer from Greece and Cyprus in the United States. She also holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (DWS).
Five Greek Wine Alternatives: Andrea Englisis
Interestingly, Santorini is one of the most inhospitable places to grow grapes; the soil is virtually nutrient-free, rainfall is almost nonexistent and the hot winds throughout the summer can blow away anything not tethered to the ground. For all these reasons, all vineyard work including harvesting is done by hand."
2. If you like Pinot Gris or crisp floral whites, try a Moschofilero (mo-sko-FEE-le-ro)
Pairings: Shrimp scampi, fish tacos and Asian cuisine
3. If you like southern Italian reds or Merlot, try Agiorgitiko (ai-your-YEE-tee-ko)
Pairings: The rosés and lighter reds match well with a grilled meats and barbecue, or chilled for a picnic.
4. If you like Nebbiolo or northern Italian reds, try Xinomavro (ksee-NO-mav-ro)
Pairings: Pasta Bolognese, venison, steak and other richly flavored dishes
5. If you like dessert wines, try a Muscat from Samos
Pairings: Known as the ultimate dessert wine, they also pair extremely well with rich cheeses and nuts for a Greek happy hour
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