My Big Fat Greek Wedding was on television the other day. It is one of the movies I will watch whenever I see it on the guide. You know “that list” of ones you find yourself watching over and over again. My list includes the genres of science fiction, drama, action, romance, animation, and comedy. One type you will not catch me watching is horror. Slasher movies are not for me.
I found myself looking at my wine rack as I watched the movie. There was a bottle of Skouras Saint George Nemea 2008 waiting to be opened. I suddenly had a craving for it and Greek food too. I decided to make my Greek salad to go along with the wine. The weather has been unseasonably warm which made me want fresh herbs and a salad instead of a heavier meal.
The Greek name for the Saint George grape is Aghiorghitiko, also spelled Agiorgitiko. It is thought to be one of the oldest Greek grape varieties and is the second-most planted grape in the country. I rarely come across it in my area and have to drive about 35 miles to a large wine retailer (Total Wine) in order to find it. The first time I tasted Saint George wine was at Seasons 52 and it was a special sommelier selection. I completely enjoyed it from the first sip to the last and knew I would have to buy some when ever I could.
Skouras Saint George 2008 is from the Nemea region of Greece. The first thing I noticed is the flavors of the dark fruit. Then I noticed it has a warming quality. Spices like cinnamon and anise compliment the fruit. Those spices are what give it the depth and warmth. There is something about it that makes me want to sip and savor every last drop. Worth every penny and the time to drive across town to get it. It retails around $15 so it is in the upper side of my everyday wine category.
Have you had Greek wine? If so, which one is your favorite? Share your recommendations so we can know what to look for on our next wine shopping adventure. Cheers!