My favorite experiences involving wine or just about anything are the ones that were never planned. There are a plethora of those experiences we only document in our minds, unless we keep a diary, journal, blog, or something similar.
But for the most part the great majority of those memories are the ones you share later and hopefully when they come up they’re done in an organic fashion as close to the experience itself.
National Wine Day was on May 25th. I’m all for any excuse to drink wine but do you really need one? I’m not sure how official, organic, or inviting (yes it’s very inviting) this holiday is but I will honor it just the same.
A random meeting with some close friends back way back in April, led to me trying a wine I ordinarily wouldn’t try. Well that’s not necessarily true. I’ll try anything. But I’m also guilty of falling into comfort zones. But on this day I went in a different direction.
The location was Mezze Restaurant in historic Fells Point, Baltimore, MD and the wine per our awesome server’s suggestion was the 2016 Tetramythos Malagousia from Tetramythos Wines of Greece.
I don’t pretend to know a thing about grapes or wines from Greece. This link should be able to help you on all counts.
What I found was I drank this a little too quickly. And I mean much quicker than I intended or truly realized. I think outdoor seating is a dynamic that correlates into food, beverage, and the entire experience being that much better.
With good people means good conversation, and everything just coming together perfectly. Something about this wine just vibed well with the day. It was sweet but not too sweet. It had hints of tropical fruits but it didn’t overpower the grape and the wine itself.
Along with that it had some intangibles that might be too good for words. Ok let me not too be too overly dramatic or philosophical. It’s a great white wine from a winery I’ve never heard of, doing a grape that I’ve been introduced to for this first time, all the justice in the world.
To be fair I have no frame of reference for how other comparable wine well, compare.
But I even made the statement to my friends that this is one of the quickest sips of a wine I’ve ever had the pleasure in partaking in. When I caught myself in the act I decided to take it down a notch.
After the initial sample, I was set on only getting a glass, but we went with a bottle. And the bottle never stood a chance. That’s a compliment by the way. It was done in no time.
I’ve never seen this wine sold in stores. I’ve never seen in sold in a restaurant, until this day. Now I’m going to keep my eye on this brand, this wine, and other Greek wines when I visit Mediterranean restaurants such as Mezze.
However, if you’re looking for this or similar wines, Dionysos Imports out of the Nothern Virginia area might be able to steer you in the right direction. I make no promises, I just post what I see on the back of the label.
Speaking of which, I was enamored with the label. It has a certain understated yet charming look about it that just draws you in. The wine itself accomplished the same thing. It’s a great change of pace from the whites you and I might usually have, when the weather is nice and the sun is shining.
Oh the sun was shining on this day. Because this gathering of gurus was so exhilarating it may have earned a second post for next week. We may also explore to the food of Mezze as well.
For now I will appreciate all the joys of this wine and look forward to next week, and hopefully the next time I’m at Mezze maybe trying another rousing and stirring varietal.
Have a blessed one,