Like so many European wine producing countries Greek wine receives very little attention from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. California is “show me the money”. And as there is no meaningful competition in the Ontario marketplace consumer exploitation! Same old countries over and over and over again. I am off to Portugal shortly for some tastings in Porto and in the Azores. There are wineries to visit in the Azores but I simply do not recall ever seeing any of their wines on the shelves of the LCBO.
So beat the drum with joy to welcome a Greek wine a Nemea Agiorgitiko from Cavino.
Aromatics: Some black cherry wafts up. Black plum, toasted almonds with a minority stake being held by raspberry.
Palate: Mildly tannic. Slashing surges of black cherry. A bit raw mind you. Needs to be decanted an hour prior to serving.
Personality: I am far from sophisticated being a simple country wine for simple country fare. I am not poorly made just simplistic. And don’t insult me by calling me “a Friday night pizza or burger wine”. I won’t be insulted though if you really mean it. In my country where octopus is aplenty I would happily say I am an every day octopus wine.
Food Match: Need anymore be said…OCTOPUS.
Cellarbility: Drink in 2023.
Price: $14.95 (Ontario).
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 85/100.
Cavino Nemea Agiorgitiko 2020, P.D.O. Nemea, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 588723, 750 mL, 13%.