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Opa! A Toast to Greek Wines

Nicole Ruiz Hudson / June 4th, 2012

While the Greek economy has been taking a dive, Greek wines have been on the rise. The quality of Greek wines has been increasing since the 1990s, and they’re a sommelier favorite for their food- friendliness and reasonable prices. (See My Big Fat Greek Wine List) Guests have begun to take notice, and the popularity of these wines has been on the upswing.

To celebrate the country’s long and diverse wine heritage, New Wines of Greece will be presenting the inaugural “Celebrate Greek Wines” promotion from June 8 to 22 at participating restaurants, wine bars, and retailers across New York City and the Hamptons. Chefs and somms will serve up Greek wine flights that can be paired with prix-fixe menus.

In addition to honoring Greece’s winemaking tradition, the event seeks to further educate consumers. Greece has some of the most unique terroir in the world, varying widely from mountain ranges to volcanic islands. Each of these terrains imparts different attributes on the country’s 300-plus grape varieties, the four most predominant of which are Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Agiorgitiko, and Xinomavro. With such diversity, the wines are suited for both novice and adventurous customer palates.

Over 100 locations will be participating in the event, including Le Bernardin, Daniel, Gastroarte, Molyvos, Corkbuzz, and Atlantic Grill.