Samos had been famous in antiquity for its sweet wines made from the Muscat grape. Times change and very few North Americans know about this famous wine. A co-operative holds a monopoly on the production of wine in Samos. Each year there is a wine festival. This year it was held in a parking lot by the water overlooking the port in Vathi. There were both table and sweet wines. The sweet wine was the lowest echelon of sweet wines. The table wines are made from Muscat grapes and are bland and unexciting. For 3 Euros you bought a clay cup and filled it up at your will. It was hardly an exciting show of wines. Now the souvlaki, fries, tigantes and loukomis were stellar. Poor Alexandra was exhausted and falling asleep so as the rock band took the stage off home we went. The proximity to the port perhaps was not such a good idea with a funky smell permeating the air. It has been held in more scenic locations in the past. All of us crashed out for a decent sleep. This jet lag is nasty business.
“Travels to a Different Time” :August 2006 Samos Wine Festival
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Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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." View more posts