Pieria Eratini and Eklektikon hosted a wine dinner at Oceana here in NYC. Pieria Eratini Winery of Northern Greece was founded by veteran oenologists Pavlos Argyropoulos and Andreas Pantos. These organic wines at the foothills of Mount Olympus were carefully selected and the winery produces a modern expression of historical Greek wines.
We started off with the Shrimp & Lobster Cocktail paired with “META” orange 2012. The grape is 100% Malagousia, which is a very aromatic and expressive grape varietal native to Greece. This wine was bright and fragrant with notes of apricot, stewed fruit, and flowers. This complimented the seafood cocktail extremely well and was a great first course.
Next out was the Hudson Valley Foie Gras Terrine paired with Wishes Eratines Sweet white 2012. This wine too is 100% Malagousia and is sweet, bright, and playful. With the foie gras it was smooth, buttery, and the sweet notes cut right through the fattiness of the dish leaving you with a nice long finish.
The Black Sea Bass Crudo was refreshing after the savory and heavy, but delicious terrine. This lighter dish was paired with the Whishes Eratines white 2013. The grapes in this bright and floral white wine: Assyrtiko, Malagousia, and Chardonnay. This was everything you would expect with a proper food and wine pairing, and it was delightful in between courses.
Next came some great Greek red wines. I happen to have grown very fond of greek wines, over many other new world countries. *Not the Greece is new to making wine, but they are considered “New World” in the wine world.
Many of the reds I have tried I have found to be big, bold, and luscious with complexity and nice fruit; just what I like in an good everyday wine.
With the first greek red, a Wishes Eratines red 2010, was a Black Angus Filet Mignon. This pairing was of course delicious, and cooked perfectly. This red is made from Xinomavro, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and is smooth, beautifully balanced, and was one of my favorite wines of the evening.
Besides the Wishes Red, I also loved the other red wine, Naked King red 2011. This wine is bold and beautifully balanced with smooth tannins and nice fruit. Paired with the cheese plate, it was heavenly. The Syrah grapes at 85% of the wine makeup pair very well with stronger cheeses such as blue cheese, manchego, apricot spreads, etc. The other grape variety used in the wine is Kolindrino, at 15% which adds some more complexity to the wine.
And for dessert, because Greek’s also make some good bubbly… the Pumpkin Cheesecake paired with BLINK Sparkling demi-sec white NV. This wine is bright, pretty, and has notes of honey suckle, some risidual sugar, and white blossoms that are striking and aromatic. The aromas leap out of the glass, and paired beautifully with the cheesecake. Grape Varietal: 100% Muscat of Alexandria.
For those of you seeking a great Greek wine portfolio, or where you can find these wines near you, check out Pieria Eratini for locations and more information!