FLIGHT NIGHT: Greek Wines from DNS Imports
Flight Nights at Mission Bay - DNS Imports, Greek Wines!
Is your impression of Greek wine still stuck in that bottle of mediocre Retsina you pounded during your college year abroad ;>)? In contrast, the modern era of Greek wine combines ancient and often indigenous varieties with sophisticated winemaking, and there is a whole new world of delightful discovery awaiting you.
Dionysi Grevenitis, partner and manager of DNS Wines, has been working in the field of wine for over 15 years as buyer, wholesaler, educator and broker. His eponymous Dionysi Grevenitis Selections at DNS Imports was created to import the truest portfolio of small production, artisanal winemakers in all of Greece.
His wines are connected by a common thread: a sense of place, terroir and varietal uniqueness that is the embodiment of the Greek vineyard. In other words, if the wines from these various vintners accomplish the feat of not “reminding” one of another region or wine, then they’ve met their objective.
With such a profound passion for and knowledge of Greek wines, it is easy to see why his compelling selections have such a devoted following.
The wines on this flight are modern wines informed by tradition. Generally they are made with native yeasts, minimal intervention, neutral oak aging and are not fined and filtered.
The featured flight will include the following wines:
- 2020 Troupis Winery Moschofilero, Hoof & Lur, PGI Arcadia - This Moschofilero as the winemakers’ parents and grandparents remember it - skin contact, spontaneous fermentation, unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfites. Floral with powdered sugar and blood orange on the nose. Citrus notes and fresh acidity add vibrancy to the palate.
- 2020 Hatzidakis Assyrtiko Familia, Santorini – From the family vineyard in Pyrgos, the highest point on Santorini, comes a wine with bright yellow color and lemon and subtle floral aromas. Smooth and light in the mouth with refreshing acidity on the long finish.
- 2020 Sclavos Robola, Vino di Sasso, Robola of Cephalonia - Intense aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, pear, peach, and floral hints with a mineral background. On the palate, it has medium-body and crisp acidity. A long aftertaste with a honey finish.
- 2019 Domaine Zafeirakis Limniona, Young Vine, Tirnavos - A fine example of modern Greek wine making, with delicious fruit, no noticeable oak and overall, a lighter touch in wine making.
- 2019 Sclavos, Orgion, Slopes of Aenos – Mavrodaphne grapes were traditionally made into dessert wine. Evryviadis Sclavos was the first to make this beautiful dry red wine with these grapes.