Eat and Drink Like A Greek~OPA!
For decades wine culture as been oversaturated with French and Italian wines so it’s high time Greece took its well-deserved place among these titans.
We live in a time where attention spans are short and everyone’s always looking for the next best thing.
This time Greek wine actually IS the next—best—thing!
For this week’s post we consulted with experts Irene and Tony Gounaris, owners of Omega Wines & Spirits in Astoria, NY, who helped us pair today’s cutting-edge wines with three of our Greek meze menu options (many of which can be found in our Meze and Spreads & Dips cookbooks)—a difficult task given the countless exceptional Greek wines available. Though not included in this post, keep in mind that spirits like ouzo are always great with meze.
This sampling is sure to arouse your palate and entice you to set sail on your own exploration of what has become the hottest buzz!
Each section below starts with a meze menu (from a cold platter, to hot, to a little bit of both), followed by a full description of the menu’s perfect wine pairing. These wines are a natural choice with Greek food (but they also play well with other kinds of cuisines)!
A Little Meze, A Little Greek Wine
LAGER NOD: Though our focus for this blog is not on beer, we will say that Mythos (Μύθος), a bright straw-colored lager import from Mythos Brewery in Thessaloniki, is the most popular beer in Greece and is widely distributed here in the States.
Mythos is crisp and slightly bitter, with a refreshing citrus taste that makes it a winner with meze, or a grilled main course, on a hot summer day!
If you have a different food you’d like to get a pairing for, leave us a comment below and we’ll get back to you with a wine match.
Can’t find these wines in your area? No worries! Omega Wines & Spirits will ship within the United States and you can order online or by phone, 718-726-0056…just tell them Kukla’s Kouzina sent you and you’ll get 10 percent off your wine selections. To order online, enter the coupon code KUKLA.
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