Greek delights from Crete|
Date : 7- -0 2007
Time : 01 : 1
I can thoroughly recommend a visit to the largest Greek island, Crete. Friendly locals, heart warming hospitality, great food, delicious sun drenched scenery and last but not least some pleasantly drinkable local wines.
It seems to me that Greek wine producers are in increasing numbers taking the production of clean, fruity, quality wines at all price levels seriously. I particularly enjoyed wines from the Cretan producer, Douloufakis. Their range of wines encompassed basic organic 3 euro a bottle table wines made from indigenous grape varieties to 8 euro a bottle medal winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Their basic 3 euro white table wine under the Enotria label was full of supple, vegetal green fruit from a blend including Vilana (a Cretan grape) and the latter Cab Sauv was had a deliciously elegant but powerful balance of mint and blackcurrant in a manner similar to something from South Australia.
Overall modern Cretan wines tended to have good fruit expression with reasonable but not piercing acidity. Well worth supping while viewing the evening sun slowing sinking into a hazy Mediterranean Sea. So don’t just go for the varied delights of Greek refreshments such as Mythos beer, Ouzo or Raki, try some Cretan wines made by good producers like Douloufakis, Lyrarakis or Sitia wines. If you want to expand to affordable producers from other parts of Greece then wines by Boutari are worth a try.