I discovered this gem of a wine about a month ago. Refreshing, crisp, lively, dry, easy- drinking and a steal at about $10.
Elios White is a delicious white wine from the Peloponnese region of Greece. (Regular readers will already know that I became a huge fan of Greek wines following my visit to the Peloponnese and Santorini in 2009.) Elios White is a perfect spring or summer wine: juicy, with attractive aromas of fresh flowers, citrus and hints of peach, packed with bright flavors, and a lovely spicy kick on the finish.
At the Table
Elios White is a perfect spring or summer sipper, easy to enjoy on its own or with shellfish or white fish. We enjoyed it with simple pan-fried razor clams. It would also work really well with a clam bake, soft-shell crabs, grilled sole or even a pasta primavera.
About Elios White
Elios is a brand created and produced by Boutari Winery, one of Greece's largest and most important producers. It is a blend of four different grape varieties; 50% Moscofilero, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Roditis and 10% Saviatiano. Moscofilero, Roditis and Saviatiano are all native Greek varieties. As well as Elios White, there is Elios Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the local Agioritiko.
About the Peloponnese Wine Region
The Peloponnese region is located in the west of Greece. It has a long history and heritage of grape growing and winemaking. Even Homer referred to the region as Ampeloessa, meaning "full of vines." Today the region is known for wines of great diversity and complexity. The main appellations to look for from the Peloponnese are Nemea, Mantinia and Patras. Aside from these appellation wines, the Peloponnese is host to a wide variety of regional wines (VDP), such as Elios, where local varieties are blended with International varieties. The most important local white varieties in the region are Moscofilero and Roditis and the most important local red variety is Agioritiko.
Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant.
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