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A fun and informative Greek wine and food pairing event with Cava Oinos, the importer of selected wines, and winemakers from Greece was held on May 17 at Souvlaki GR in Manhattan featuring impressive premium wines from Lantides Winery. Photo: Eleni Sakellis
NEW YORK – A fun and informative Greek wine and food pairing event with Cava Oinos- importer of selected wines, and winemakers from Greece was held on May 17 at Souvlaki GR in Manhattan featuring impressive premium wines from Lantides Winery and five delicious courses for guests to enjoy.
Lantides Winery Sales Manager Pavlos Charalampakis gave the welcoming remarks, thanking all those present for attending the event. He then spoke briefly about the Lantides Winery, one of the oldest vineyards in Nemea, Greece. The winery was established in 1993 by Panos Lantides, focusing on quality Greek wines rather than quantity, Charalampakis noted. He then introduced the first wine, Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) Peloponnese, Anosis, made with 100% Moschofilero grapes. The dry, but not too dry, white wine paired beautifully with the first course, tyropitakia, phyllo-wrapped feta with honey and sesame seeds.
The next course, kolokithokeftedes, zucchini croquettes, paired delightfully with the next wine, Goldvine, another white, PGI Peloponnese, but this time 100% Chardonnay.
Kalamaki solomou, grilled salmon filet with peppers, onions, and sautéed spinach, was the third course, paired with the well-balanced PGI Peloponnese Little Ark Moschofilero Rosé. With its delicate aroma and fruit and floral notes, it was one of the favorite wines for many of the guests at the event.
The next course, soutzoukakia Greek meatballs pizza featured traditional tomato sauce and the Souvlaki GR signature anthotyro yogurt sauce. It was perfectly paired with the Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Nemea Agiorgitiko, a great red wine with its aroma of cinnamon, clove, pepper, and licorice, and notes of stone fruits such as cherry and plum.
The fifth and final course, bifteki gemisto, Greek burgers stuffed with Greek cheeses, scallion and dill, paired beautifully with the PGI Peloponnese Aenaon Merlot, a wonderful red wine with an elegant flavor and aromas of dark fruit.
Dinner guests, including wine enthusiasts, social media influencers, and members of the media, had the opportunity to ask Charalampakis questions and learn more about each of the wines in the congenial atmosphere at Souvlaki GR. Everyone looked forward to the upcoming events organized by The Kohas Agency and appreciated tasting and learning more about the impressive wines of Greece now available in the U.S. and around the world.
The next boutique wine event takes place Saturday, May 21, 2 PM, at Hudson West Kitchen & Craft Bar, 629 West 57th Street in Manhattan, with savory brunch bites and selections from Dougos Winery and Lantides Winery. Seating is limited. RSVP to [email protected].
The third in the series of events features wine and dinner on Monday, May 23, 7 PM, at Souvlaki GR, 116 Stanton Street in Manhattan, with wines from Lantides and Dougos to be enjoyed with delicious cuisine. Dougos is a boutique winery known for its famous Rapsani Old Vines. Seating is also limited for this event. RSVP to [email protected].
More information on all of the wines mentioned above is available on the Cava Oinos website: www.cavaoinos.com.
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