Greece and Oregon

There we were sitting at the bar at Wines on Main in Chelsea, Michigan and you have to realize that is such a strange setting for this raconteur.  I was really excited about being here and to have another reason to come here, beyond the Common Grill, which is a wonderful restaurant specializing in seafood and fish.  There is also a very famous resident in Chelsea that I have never seen when I have been in the city, but the actor of stage and film Jeff Daniels has shunned both coasts to raise his family in his home of Chelsea and he has even created the Purple Rose Theatre for showcasing new plays and occasionally his own musical performances. 

Wines on Main was the perfect type of shop, especially for my Bride, because not only do they carry a nice assortment of wines that are not of the run of the mill grocery store/party store selection to keep me happy, but they carry all sorts of tchotchkes.  You don’t know tchotchke, that is understandable, it is a Yiddish word with Slavic roots for usually worthless trinkets.  Now the value of tchotchkes is predicated on if one is the owner of them or the one who bought them.  My Bride loves them and loves to give them as gifts to everyone and she would have bought some more items than she did, but by some odd quirk, our new stainless-steel refrigerator has doors that magnets do not stick to, otherwise we would have had new magnets when we left.  I mean you have to love the girl; she is always trying to be consistent.

The third wine that we tasted that afternoon was from Greece, and not a region that one usually encounters in a tasting, unless there is a theme or a meal involved.  We had the Semeli Winery Mountain Sun Agiorgitiko Dry Rosé Peloponnese PGIK 2018.  Semeli Winery was founded in 1979.   One of the principal cities in the Peloponnese peninsula is Nemea, and this grape Agiorgitiko is named after Agios Georgios (St. George) and from at least the mid Eighteenth Century has been one of the larger grape varietals grown in the region and is considered a local indigenous variety, possibly from the Fliasia grape.  Agiorgitiko produces a strong rich red wine, but it can produce a rosé style wine and it can also produce sweet wines as well. The same variety also sources high quality sweet wines from overripe grapes that have been partially sun dried.  This wine delivered strawberries and cherries to the nose, with a finish of red cherries with some nice acidity, though it may be my imagination, but I detected some olive oil that made me immediately think of Greek dishes and I wish this wine was available in Greektown when I was young and haunted that block or two, before it became touristy.  From the sun-bleached region of Greece our next wine was from the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  The Browne Family Vineyards Heritage Pinot Noir 2016 was a good red wine to follow a rosé and from a winery that maintains two distinct tasting rooms, one in Walla Walla and one in Seattle.  This wine is pure Pinot Noir and was aged for seven and a half months in ninety-five percent French Oak of which twenty percent was new.  The wine was a softer Pinot Noir and gave me red fruits both for the nose and in the finish.  With a softer finish, I think that this wine could pair very easily with most red meats and with meatier fish as well.  We were both getting into the afternoon’s tastings. 

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2 Responses to Greece and Oregon

  1. We just returned from Greece where we fell in love with the wines!

  2. How interesting to be able to try a Greek grape like Agiorgitiko; as you say, the opportunity doesn’t come along that often. Are Semeli Winery’s wines widely available, do you know?

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