Greece—Out of the Ashes
All of the items listed below are produced in Greece, by Greek people, with Greek culture, using Greek ingredients. It doesn’t get much more Greek, or delicious, than that.
Sip & Savor
Karela Mavrodaphne of Patras is an exceptional sweet red Greek wine produced from 100 percent of the Mavrodaphne grape variety, when the legal requirement is just 50 percent. Grown within the specific geographic area of Patras (Patron), the wine falls in the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) category. Aged in oak, this wine is deep purple in color and closely resembles a tawny port with prominent notes of black currants, caramelized fruit, and a lingering honey-syrup finish (15 percent alcohol). mavrodaphne.gr
The unique syrup in Ouzon is handcrafted using pure cane sugar and is infused with organic star anise with its subtle notes of licorice, creating a drink that is refreshing, flavorful, and worthy of rubbing elbows with its high-octane cousin. Now kids and non-drinkers alike can enjoy a shot of Greek without feeling left out of the party crowd. opaoriginals.com
For more Greek wines (and other edibles), check out achaiavalues.gr.
Many Greek/Mediterranean liquor stores and some markets carry these products. If yours doesn’t, ask them if they can order them for you. Feel free to contact the companies through their websites for shopping info in your area. Some items are available online on Amazon, and titanfoods.net carries Ouzon and ships nationwide (call them if you don’t see what you want on their website). Oh, and Google works too!
I hope you enjoyed this fifth installment of our coverage on what’s new in wine products from Greece. If you missed our posts on olives, honey, legumes & rice, and cooking staples, here’s your chance to catch up: Greece: An Edible Revival.
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