Indigenous Grapes are the Way to Go

Yesterday I attended an interesting tasting in San Francisco under the heading All About Greek Wine. This is some kind of loose association of Greek wineries exporting to the US market. The 15 or so wineries presented all offered good quality wines with prices ranging from $10 to $30. The claim was made that these wines represent the ongoing renaissance of wine making in this ancient country.

One theme stood out: the focus on indigenous grape varietals (rather than pouring the Cabs, Merlots, and Chards, which are also grown in Greece). I tasted many grapes for the first time in my life and my ears are still ringing from their beautiful sounding names: Agiorghitiko, Moschofilero, Malagousia, etc. Does not look like it when you see it written, does it? Get more info at:

The lesson I learned for our efforts to import wines to the US: focus on indigenous grapes and offer wines that are special and add a unique dimension to the world of flavors.