(read the first two episodes in 821 and 831).
I have a confession to make: I am fond of a good glass of wine. Every now and then me and my friends have a wine tasting evening and enjoy all the smell and taste of a good wine.
Thatâ€™s why it is so annoying that the wines that Tsantali makes on the Holy Mountain are hardly available in shops in Holland. And believe me, Iâ€™ve seen a lot of shops in the meanwhile, but nobody sells one of best Greek wines I ever tasted (until now), the white Chromitsa.
Two years ago, after leaving Athos and Greece by plane, I was lucky to find this wine in the tax-free shop. Although I did not take any tasting notes at that time, I remember it tasted like this: â€œIt has a buttery, rich nose with some flowers behind. Very good palate: very smooth, silky and easy. Very well balanced. Very Good Indeed – 90 pointsâ€ (thanks to Cellar Tracker). It is made of a blend of 50% Chardonnay and equal parts of Assyrtiko and Athiri.
With a prize of â‚¬ 13,95 it not a cheap wine, but I think Greek wines are strongly underrated and this one is worth every penny. It should be on the wine list of any self respecting (good) restaurant: who makes that happen?
We are hoping to visit the vinery of Tsantali somewhere next week, but we still waiting for permission of the Tsantali company (ms. Despina Peresteraki, who is doing her best for us!). I do hope we will have the opportunity to give you a full report of our visit!
Wim Voogd, 15/9