Greece Is The Word: Domaine Katsaros Wines
I’m a big fan of Greek wines. There is something about the taste of the wine that hits the palate in the most delightful way. I always wonder why I’m not drinking more wines from Greece every time I experience a new wine from the region.
I recently had dinner with winemaker Evripidis Katsaros of Domaine Katsaros at Marta, NYC. The organic winery is located in Mount Olympus on a 20 acre estate. Katsaros is second generation winemaker who took over as principal winemaker in 2008. The goal of the winery is not to make a lot of wine, but to make great wine. The vineyard makes around 4,000 cases of wine per year.
The varietals that Domaine Katsaros produces are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Xinomavro, and Chardonnay. I have the opportunity to sip these wines paired with crackly crusted pizza.
The Domaine Katsaros Chardonnay, 2014 is a wonderful light wine that would be great to drink during the summer. It’s is organic and has floral notes. If you are a fan of white wine, this one is definitely for you.
For the red wine lovers, the Domaine Katsaros Valos is a winner. It’s made with the Xinomavro grape, the go to grape for red wine in northern Greece. I love the way the aroma of the wine hits the nose with notes of berries, cherries, and rose petals. The wine is perfect to pair with cheese, meat, or any other hearty meals.
I also enjoyed the Domaine Katsaros Merlot. This deep ruby colored wine is good for when you are eating steak or gamey meat. The aromas of tobacco, mocha, berries, and roasted almonds would be ideal in bringing out flavors in meals centered around well seasoned meat.
When you want a taste of Greece without getting on a plane, open up a bottle of Domaine Katsaros. If you can’t find their wines in a store near you, check online to have it arrive at your door.