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Nemea Agiorgitiko & New Wines of Greece

Today, Palm Sunday, I’ve been thinking ahead to Easter next week. This year offers two great opportunities to celebrate the Easter holiday: with traditional Western countries on April 1st, and then again Orthodox Christian Easter April 8th. Plus, it also offers additional options to expand my wine-and-food-pairing thoughts with some New Wines of Greece, which I have been eager to try.

I’ve been fascinated with the country of Greece from early childhood. My Grandpa, Angelo Dallas, came from the old country — a little village outside of Athens — and settled in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he opened a diner called The Deluxe Restaurant. There at The Deluxe Restaurant, Grandpa Angelo met my beautiful Grandma Francis!

With fond memories of both my grandparents and their love of  home-style cooking, I learned to master roasted lamb and lemon herb potatoes. I invited friends to come over and try my lamb-and-potato dinner with a bonus taste of a new wine from Greece… 2014 Driopi Nemea-Agiorgitiko, purchased at Vinology Houston for $28.

Seasoned lamb with Pensey spices, olive oil, and lemon juice!

Roasted Lamb and potatoes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agiorgitiko is a Greek red wine grape traditionally grown in Nemea, a region north of the Peloponnese close to the narrow strip of land joining the peninsula to the mainland of Greece. This glorious red Greek grape is used to make light rosé-style wines and also fragrant, rich, full-bodied red wines like the Driopi (featured above). Paired with roasted lamb, it’s a match made in heaven. Lately, drinking Greek wines has become quite fashionable! Good for Greece, too, since the increasing number of boutique wineries are producing some excellent wines.

A special note to you grandpa, from your grandchildren who still smile, laugh, and cherish your silly nickname!  With love…  αναποτελεσματική μαϊμού (maimou fafoútis).

Cheers to you both in heaven, Grandpa and Grandma! Your family loves, and misses you!!

Grandpa Angelo Dallas “The Greek”

Francis Dallas, my beautiful and loving Grandma!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering Cantele Negroamaro Rosato

Negroamaro is a red wine grape widely grown in Puglia, Italy, used to make big beautiful red wines like the most recognized DOC Salice Salentino. It is also used to make one of the best Rose wines I have ever tasted: Cantele Negromaro Rosato.

I first sampled a variety of Cantele wines last October during a dinner hosted by wine writer Do Bianchi at Houston’s Italian restaurant Mascalzone. Enjoying the Cantele wine dinner, pairing presentation and experience, especially the nuance of Negroamaro … I selected their Rosato as an ideal choice for my own Italian celebration — a friend’s 50th birthday party. I needed a special Italian wine for my party … delicate, aromatic, and unique to match my friend’s lovely character and chic Italian style! And it was the perfect party pairing, along with antipasto, assorted cheeses, and music by her favorite Italian singer, Laura Pausini, as our soundtrack for the evening. It was such a great night, filled with lots of food, family, close friends, and my friend telling me she felt so loved.

A big thank you to Vinology Houston for special ordering and finding Cantele Negromaro Rosato for me; apparently, the importer only sends a small allocation to Texas.

Thanks also to Do Bianchi for the invitation to the Cantele wine dinner, and the introduction to their awesome wines! P.S. I promised to save Do Bianchi a bottle of Rosato, and I did 🙂

The Birthday Girl!!!