My Stories
HARVEST 2012 - AIVALIS FAMILY VINEYARDS - 28.08.2012, 1-2.09.2012
posted on 19/10/2012
The vineyard in Gerakina, Christos Aivalis' thunderous words, the eight beautiful snow-white geese, the varietal Malbec that blew our minds and the outer space goat with pasta from Pluto and sauce from Neptune. Intergalactic moments at Petri Nemea and Aivalis Winery!
DOMAINE EVHARIS (Megara) - August 30th, 2012
posted on 15/10/2012
This land was actually sea 5.000.000 years before. A layer of limestone with sea fossils 70 cm deep into the soil is a clue that today’s vine land used to be a sea floor back in the day. And, as if all these were not enough, in many spots under the soil there is volcanic lava, a result of the volcanic activity of the nearby Alkyonides islands in the Corinthian Gulf!
SANTORINI: SANTO WINES & HATZIDAKIS WINERY - July 16th, 2012
posted on 01/10/2012
My involvement in wine makes a great excuse for me to frequently return to the ultimate neverland of the Greek and Global wine world; our beloved Santorini. This time round I will investigate another two really important wine producers of the island, Santo Wines and Hatzidakis Winery. New wine conquests are on my way!
AUSTRIA (2) Kamptal & Wachau: WEINGUT LOIMER and WEINGUT HIRTZBERGER - April 30th, 2012
posted on 18/09/2012
Space-like wineries, historic, labyrinthine cellars, aged white wine diamonds, gigantic outdoor stoves, vineyards by the Danube and restless winemakers! New explorations at Weingut Loimer and Weingut Hirtzberger, in fascinating Austria!
AUSTRIA (1) Kremstal: SCHLOSS GOBELSBURG and WEINGUT HIRSCH - April 30th, 2012
posted on 12/09/2012
This is Vienna! An amazing adventure with awesome Georg and Florina! Check out our wine excursion at Kremstal, visiting 1,000 years' old Schloss Gobelsburg as well as modern Weingut Hirsch! Starring: all the interesting people we met and... Grüner Veltliner! The extremely fine Austrian white grape variety!
Roadtriping Crete (9) | TOPLOU MONASTERY - April 24th, 2012
posted on 31/08/2012
Abbot Filotheos narrates: “The first monastery here was created in 960 AD, but the monastery we are standing in was founded in 1300.” He went on a fascinating journey back in time, from the Venetian domination in 1204 to the great earthquake of 1612, the recent history and the Second World War.
Roadtriping Crete (8) | SILVA-DASKALAKI, EFROSYNI, DIAMANTAKIS, ZACHARIOUDAKIS - April 23rd, 2012
posted on 31/08/2012
Cow manure mixed with cow horns kept in boxes of peat. Compounds of silicon dioxide and earthworms! They are all the means of Irini Daskalaki’s success! Organic farming and ‘Onirikon’ range by Mr. Kosmadakis can impress, while the stones of Diamantakis brothers’ Estate can create real ‘Diamond Stones’! Finally, in ancient Gortys, where Zeus mated with Europe, Stelios Zacharioudakis has made a wine miracle!
Roadtriping Crete (7) | ALEXAKIS, DOULOUFAKIS, IDAIA - April 22nd, 2012
posted on 31/08/2012
Wine people… At Finikia we meet with Stelios Alexakis, a really special gentleman, as well as his son Lazaros; he’s just back from California. At Dafnes, Nikos Douloufakis drives his 4X4 helicopter and pulls White Rabbits out of his hat, while Vassilis Laderos of Idaia Wines makes wines of all styles that make a splash!
Roadtriping Crete (6) | MILIARAKIS, TAMIOLAKIS, MICHALAKIS - April 21st, 2012
posted on 31/08/2012
Still in Crete! We are in the heart of the Heraklion vineyard. We get to know about the 19th century ‘Antonakis inn’ and the first bottled wine of Crete by Minos-Miliarakis winery, we sample beautiful blends by Tamiolakis Estate at Choudetsi and are guided through Michalakis Estate modern winery at Metaxochori…
Roadtriping Crete (5) | PEZA UNION, PATERIANAKIS, LYRARAKIS, STRATARIDAKIS - April 20th, 2012
posted on 27/07/2012
Our Cretan road trip is still on... What we experienced today is Peza Union's social role and the 'Party's Wine', the hard working bees from Domaine Paterianakis, the rare Cretan varieties cultivated in Domaine Lyrarakis, as well as the southernmost winery of Europe, Domaine Strataridakis! This excursion had it all!
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