RKS Wine: The Penniless Pensioner Selection: Greece’s Thalia Rosé

You know in Canada the Canadian government Canada Pension Plan pays way under the poverty line. If you haven’t had the income to stuff your Registered Retirement Savings Plan or Tax-Free Savings Account or never benefitted from a private pension plan you may be close to penniless when you retire assuming of course you aren’t forced out.

This Rosé is about the cheapest Liquor Control Board of Ontario Vintages release wine you will ever see at $10.95. On my last trip to Greece you could buy a 500 mL bottle of local Rosé cheaper than Coca-Cola!

This Rosé is from the island of Crete and has been brought in by the LCBO several times along with its white cousin. It is made from a blend of Kotsifali and Mandilaria. I stumbled across Kotsifali in New York’s Wine Expo some 15 years ago and came to the impression of it being a cheerful grape!

Does my memory serve me right? This mid coloured pinkie has aromas of apricot, tangerine, ocean drenched pebbles, red grapefruit and maple syrup. On the plate it has some grip and is far from a flimsy or dilute wine. It is not about to bowl you over with a palate full of fruit but if you let it will present on the palate some watermelon, strawberry and some red cherry. I will say its grip is due to its minerality.

Many wines from Spain, Portugal and Greece are “brought back” in the memories of tourists and sipping this one can think of a long hot day exploring Greek ruins of Knossos or  the winding streets of Heraklion in Crete and settling down to a restaurant in the market of Heraklion to have some of the best food in Greece on a hot summer evening where a chilled bottle of Thalia would suit many a Greek dish particularly stuffed vegetables or even grilled octopus. By the way making stuffed veggies such as tomatoes, zucchini, onion, zucchini flowers or potatoes is not that difficult. If you know the internet go a searching! Better yet find a Greek neighbour or even better send me your private jet and I’ll prepare a Greek feast!

So in summation let’s be frank Greek memories can give this wine a lift and I have many such memories. But being a nasty wine reviewer, the truth sets us free or does it rob us of memories? Isn’t wine made partially of memories?

(Thalia Rosé 2020, PGI Crete, $10.95, LCBO # 14153, 750 mL, 12%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Review 85/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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