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Who else spotted Victoria Moore waxing lyrical about Xinomavro this weekend ? Encouragingly / dishearteningly - delete as applicable - she name checked TWS several times, including 2 of the 3 recommended wines were TWS.

Apparently “TWS members would claim to have been onto it for a while”

Alas I fear Xinomavro is destined to be the new Pinot Grigio…

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She was one of the several press people who were on the online Greek tasting off their own backs.

I really hope you’re wrong about Xinomavro becoming another Pinot Grigio, but I share your fear!

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I very much doubt Xinomavro becoming Pinot Grigio.

Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir prices forcing people into the market for it, and therefore pushing up prices, is a much more likely outcome.

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https://www.aldi.co.uk/greek-assyrtiko/p/709994468242400

I know it’s not TWS… But looks like a great deal.

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Already been reviewed by @SteveSlatcher. I’ve had a couple of bottles and thought it a decent enough midweek quaffing wine.

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None in my local Aldi yesterday.

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I bought some online the other day if that is any good to you. Add some Toro Loco to make it worthwhile :slight_smile:

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Had this last week (when the sun was shining)

https://www.majestic.co.uk/wines/domaine-skouras-assyrtiko-38049

A fantastic summer white for those who like that limey, high acid kick with blossom notes.

Maybe not as saline and concentrated as a Santorini example but then the price is fair versus those examples. I bought 6 and this was my first bottle. A very happy purchase.

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Thought you might “appreciate” a smug selfie of our visit to Skouras in 2018. Their assyrtiko didn’t float my boat as much as their moschofilero but there you go. Good winery, excellent wines.



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Speaking of the excellent Domaine Skouras:

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Just had my case of Dalamara delivered today along with some other wines, one of which cause the delay in despatch as this was ordered following the zoom event a couple of months ago.
I’m writing to heap praise upon the clever chap that designed the cardboard box it came in. When it arrived I thought you wouldn’t manage to get 6 bottles in there. A breath of fresh air for once in a world running short on resources. Also if all my wine had arrived in such lean boxes my storage facilities would probably be able to hold another 20%.

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…and these two took till yesterday to arrive in reserves…

Xinomavro | Yiannis Karakasis MW The ultimate guide to Northern Greece's most important red variety, Xinomavro.](Xinomavro | Yiannis Karakasis MW The ultimate guide to Northern Greece's most important red variety, Xinomavro.)

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Any tips on serving temp and decanting xinomavro?

I would use whatever temperature you would normally for a red wine. Personally I prefer to serve on the cool side (14-16C), and let it warm at the table, so it might finish up close to 20C. But I realise that is sacrilegious for many people.

I would decant off the sediment when convenient, but not deliberately leave in the decanter, so probably I’d decant about an hour before drinking. But if you give some wines a longer decant, Xinomavro is probably one of those wines you’d want to give a few hours or more - it would depend very much on the style .

Sorry - it’s all a bit vague, but it is the best I can do.

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Steve’s right. Pour a ‘quality control’ sample and see what you think - some really benefit from some time out of the bottle

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More importantly, what bottle is this mysterious Xinomavro (producer, appellation, year). :smiley:

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Oh it’s a Rapsani Terra Petra 2017

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Actually only 1/3 Xinomavro, but still quite tannic.

I thought the 2016 was quite approachable in 2019, so I wouldn’t bother with a long decant. But I doubt it would hurt