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.
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!!