2015 Domaine Glinavos "Paleokerisio" Semi-Sparkling Orange Wine Epirus Greece (500ml)

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Slighty sweet, slightly sparkling and some skin contact with the grapes makes for one of the most incredibly unique wines from Greece we have ever tasted. This sits on the verge of natural wine meets sparkling cider meets sour beers. There's really no way to put into words how fun this is. You kind of have to try it and see. (Keith Mabry, Greek Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2017 | Send Email
An interesting, unique and totally fun semi-sparkling wine from Greece. Unlike any other orange wine I've had, the palate on this has a touch of sweetness to mitigate the tannin that can sometimes overwhelm orange wine aka skin contact whites. It's fruity and floral, while also possessing some savory notes and a whiff of Brettanomyces. Notes of dried mango, spice inflected candied orange peel and gardenia mingle with more savory elements like olives and earthen pots. This is a very friendly entry into orange wines for the uninitiated, but would also satisfy those who are already familiar with the style. This would be killer with a cheese and charcuterie board or a Neapolitan style pizza.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/12/2017 | Send Email
One of the most unique and pleasing wines I’ve tried in a long time. This wine is from the region of Epirus in Greece, not far from the border with Albania. Comprised of 97% Debina and 3% Vlahiko; both are indigenous varietals with Debina being white and Vlahiko being red. It is a revival of the well-known traditional semi-sparkling wine of Ioannina. Exciting nose of florals, dried tarragon, apricots, and marmalade. There’s a quality to it that is almost reminiscent of Normandy cider. On the palate, flavors of bruised apple and clay are accented by apricot and cider notes. I wouldn’t classify this wine as off-dry, but there is definitely some residual sweetness that adds a nice balance to the slight grip of the tannins present

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- We have the Greeks to thank for introducing wine into Italy and France. And while the legacy of ancient Greek culture lives on, little recognition is given to its modern-day contributions to the wine industry. From the Peloponnese in the south, to Macedonia and Epirus in the north, and islands like Crete, Samos and Santorini, fine wine is once again being made and most of it from indigenous grape varieties not grown in other countries. Styles range from hearty, rustic reds to crisp, neutral whites and heavenly dessert wines.