Greek Whites 'Smack of Sunshine'

Unpretentious pleasures for aficianados who branch out
By Michael Foreman,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2008 1:29 PM CDT
Greek wines "are lively and unpretentious, that smack of sunshine, whitewashed walls and seafood," says Asimov.   (© jenny downing)
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(Newser) – In honor of the Olympics, Eric Asimov set out to rediscover Greece's white wines for the New York Times. He found whites just subtly different from the made-to-be-drunk young bottles of Italy and Spain, fermented from "unfamiliar, indigenous grapes grown nowhere else." The moschofilero varietal dominated the tasting, including the panel's No.1 pick: a 2007 Tselepos that "smelled like roses and tasted like grapefruit."

Asimov noted that fewer wines were spoiled by the preservative sulfur dioxide than at his previous tasting 4 years ago. The alcohol content for many remained pleasantly under 12%, and freshness was never an issue. Ready the fish and the capers: Greek's whites join "the popular genre of cool, crisp, refreshing wines that immediately improve any Mediterranean-style meal."