New York Times Features Greek Wine among the Best under $20


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NEW YORK – The New York Times on July 10 featured a Greek wine among the “20 Under $20: Wines That Feed the Soul.” The Times’ wine critic Eric Asimov writes, “In these strange times, I find grounding in wine. Not through self-medication, though I do not disparage the buzz. But simply through the fascinating combination of grape, place and person that can make every good bottle either a new adventure or an old, beloved story.

“I went in search of thrills and values late last month. Or rather, I did it pandemic style, letting my fingers do the shopping through the online inventories of New York wine shops. I tried them all at home and have come up with what I think is an excellent and unusual assortment of 20 wines under $20. They come from 11 different countries, in quite different proportion from my usual array.”

Asimov noted, “Now, I can’t emphasize this enough: I am not asserting that these 20 bottles are the best values in the world under $20. They are all excellent deals, but they represent simply a cross-section of what I could find on the websites of Manhattan retail shops in June 2020.”

The Greek wine on the list is Troupis Arcadia Moschofilero Hoof & Lur 2019 at $19.99 and available through DNS Wines/T. Elenteny Imports, New York. Asimov writes of the wine, “Moschofilero, like pinot gris and its Greek cousin, roditis, is a pink-skinned grape. If the juice sits briefly with the skins before vinification, it develops a pale salmon color, so let’s call Hoof & Lur a rosé. This wine, made without added yeast or filtration in the Peloponnese region of Greece, is fragrant and floral, bone-dry and lightly fruity.”

According to its website, Troupis winery is situated in the heart of Mantinia plateau in the Fteri region, the core of the viticultural zone itself at an altitude of about 700m above sea level. Due to the geographical location of the winery, visitors are close to sights such as the ancient theater of Mantinia while picturesque Arcadian villages are within easy reach.

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