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Sommelier Evan Turner Turning Heads Over Greek Wine Lists

As a sommelier, Evan Turner knows Greek wine and he wants everyone else to know about it too, and he’s using his key position at Krasi (Greek word for wine) Meze and Wine in Boston to make sure.

The restaurant was second only to the recently closed New York’s Molyvos in having the largest Greek wine list in the country and now has Turner, who came to Boston in February, 2020 and was furloughed when COVID hit, returning in April, 2021.

He told the site Vinepair he lived in Greece for seven years thanks to his stepfather who taught English and that “the nation captivated me immediately.”

He worked in the restaurant business before becoming a sommelier and decided his mission was Greek wine. “Greece created nearly everything we take for granted when it comes to winemaking and wine culture,” he said.

There are more than 300 indigenous varieties of Greek wine and a renaissance with 80 percent of wineries under 20 years old. “To help support these glorious wineries and their brilliant wines is an honor,” he said. “I am a better person for having lived in Greece.”

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