A Rosé Lover’s Red

A Rosé Lover’s Red

This Greek wine is perfect for summer drinking

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This is a bit wacky but, then again, what isn’t when it’s from Greece? It isn’t that great wines are not emerging from these ancient vineyards, but it is sometimes hard for the American consumer to know what he or she’s getting. So it is with today’s wine, Feast Red, made from the Agiorgitiko (Ah-yor-YEET-ko) grape. This light-colored red is made in a very accessible style; its freshness and lilt is perfect for summer drinking. This is an inexpensive way to taste one of Greece’s most famous, complex, indigenous grapes. Just be apprised that, depending on the producer, it can be vary wildly.

2015 Feast Red, Agiorgitiko, Seméli $13 srp

Lovely pale garnet in color. A unique, light-on-its-feet, bouquet. Fragrant with red fruits, spices, herbal overtones and a slight prickle. This comment may sound overly romantic, but you can smell that the earth is old and worn, yet still creating a light-bodied intensity. Flavors include pomegranate, red currant and strawberry; it’s more pretty than powerful, with low alcohol and a quality I prefer slightly chilled. Mountain-fresh flavors with gobs of character. Try with garlic-laden mussels, Clams Casino or a lemony veal dish. Drink now-2019. Good buy.

89/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.