A packed 75 person seminar hosted at Bin 36 in Chicago kicked off yesterday’s events and featured four of Greece’s most popular known grapes: Moscofilero, Agiorgitko, Assyrtiko and Xinomavro.
All eyes were on Greece’s only master of wine, Konstantinos Lazarakis, as he explained the unique characteristics of each grape. Subsequent tastings of flights of each wine were conducted by the likes of Doug Frost, Alpana Singh and Fernando Beteta. Each flight also contained two comparative international varietals for referential purposes.
Obviously our attention was most focused when Assyrtiko was presented -gorgeous pictures of Santorini flashed across the screen. Intricate photos of Santorini’s unique vine growing “basket” method captivated the audience and overall excitement rushed through the crowd as the tasting began.
Alpana Singh was in charge of this tasting and respectively compared the wine to the dry Rieslings of Alsace. The audience agreed as they tasted a dry Riesling from Germany. The second comparison wine was a Chablis, which the audience found to be less of an accurate comparison than the Riesling.
Once the seminar commenced guests joined other tasting attendees downstairs for the Grand Tasting portion from 1pm-4pm. Santorini’s wines were scattered throughout the tasting, but definitely were crowd pleasers.
Of particular note is Argyros Vinsanto which was paired with their very own Vinsanto infused chocolate bar! What a fabulous treat! The chocolate was sourced and produced in Austria, but Argyros sends the chocolate company barrels of Vinsanto annually for production.
We’re heading to NYC now for the final leg of the four show road show (the first two were in Quebec and Toronto) so if you’re in the area it’s definitely worth a stop. There’s still time to register here. Any further questions regarding the tasting please contact me at constance_chamberlain@Comcast.net.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
**pictures to come soon.