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Winery Spotlight: Papagiannakos Domaine


With its vinous history stretching over four millennia, modern Greece has so much to offer the wine world. There is plenty of great wine made in this historical wine producing country, it just rarely reaches the four corners of the world. Unless it has made its way into a Greek restaurant…..

This generation of Greek winemakers are keen to show the world just what they can do. Making now a great time to inflame your interest in the wines from this viticultural diverse part of the world. With over 300 indigenous grape varieties, your Greek wine journey is guaranteed to be a long and exciting one. Read More

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Papagiannakos Domaine PGI Attica Kalogeri Malagousia 2014

Papagiannakos-kalogeri-wmUnbelievably, Malagousia was almost extinct until recent times. The grape originated in Nafpaktos in Western Greece and with its intense aromatics, it is set to be one of the Greek varietals that makes the world sit up and take note of the country’s wines. This wine has made a definite start in doing this by taking a gold medal at the Sommeliers Wine Awards 2015 in the UK – a first gold for Greece at this particular wine show.

Papagiannakos Domaine, family owned winery in the region of Attica, takes care to make sure that their grapes retain their intensely fruity profile with a cool stainless steel tank ferment.

Intensity is key to this wine. The detailed and complex fruit has an abundance of banana tropical fruit melds with a citrus lemon and lime profile that is scented with attractively perfumed musk. There is some balancing residual sugar to add body to the wine. Read More

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Papagiannakos Domaine Savatiano 2014

Papagiannakos-Silv-wmGrown in vineyards in the vicinity of Markopoulo in the Greek region of Attica. It has a PGI Markopoulo designation and is an indigenous grape variety from Attica from a limestone vineyard with non-irrigated 50 year old vines. According to winemaker, Vassilis Papagiannakos, it has been cultivated continuously in Attican vineyards for more than 4000 years.

So winelovers, this is what the locals drink! It is fermented in stainless steel to make sure the citrus fruit and peach dominates with some nuts to add interest. Ripe, soft juicy and intensely flavoured fruit is rounded and smoothed out with soft acid. Fresh and crisp, it makes a great companion for fresh seafood or as an aperitif or sundowner on a warm afternoon. 

Quickie review «A crisp, fleshy dry white wine that inspires thoughts of Summer, sunsets and beaches»

Country of Origin: Greece   Date:  June 30, 2015   Price: tbc Drink: now   Needs food: no   Source: tasting

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The Malbec lovers irresistible half dozen!

If you are not drinking Langhorne Creek Malbec, you should be!


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Langhorne Creek has been making some great waves with their regional offering of Malbec. This year, the Zonte’s Footstep Violet Beauregard 2013 Malbec took the trophy for the Best Other Red Varietal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015.

Alone, it is results such as this that should put the small, cohesive Langhorne Creek region on the Malbec lover’s radar around the world. Read More

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Wines that dispel Marlborough Sauvignon Blah!!


These five Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’s offer something for everyone who thinks that there is nothing interesting coming out of Marlborough, with wines ranging from fresh and lean Matahiwi through to the extraordinariness of the Hans Herzog.

Just as other grape varieties before it (over ripe & over oaked Chardonnay and too sweet Riesling, anyone?) that slow tide is turning on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Whereas, five years ago I would ask my students to indicate whether they would drink Sauvignon Blanc vs Chardonnay with Sauvignon Blanc being almost unanimous, last week I put the question to my current class and not one indicated that they drank Sauvignon Blanc. Any Sauvignon Blanc… not just from the region that set Sauvignon Blanc drinkers on fire over a decade ago – Marlborough. Read More

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