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Nectar of the Gods

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Nectar of the Gods

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THE GREEKS GAVE US BACCHUS FOR A REASON. HAVE YOU TRIED THEIR WINE?

Whether it involves contemplation and Platonic dialectic or your everyday orgy, wine is inextricably linked to Greek history. But with very few exceptions, Greek wine in modern times stalled in its evolution, stuck in a super-sweet, sticky "peasant" loop. Some good news for Greece, however, comes in an astonishing wave of winemaking that's taken root overthe last 20 years. Starting in the late 19805, a new group of younger winemakers went abroad to study viniculture in France, Italy, and even California. Now, they've returned to their native soil, bringing modern approaches and technologies to wine production, and have created a bumper crop of fantastic wines - crisp whites with strong acidity, complex reds bursting with rich mineral notes, and dry roses that linger in the memory. The mountainous terrain and a rugged, cool climate lashed by salty breezes from the Aegean contribute to the kinds of acidity, minerality, and terroir that sommeliers seek out. …

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