Last Thursday, Markus Stolz invited me to attend a tasting of Xinomavros, followed by a dinner at Bar Boulud in New York City. The invite came on the heels of my latest blog post about a magnificent Xinomavro from Thimiopoulos Vineyards. This was my chance to taste more than a dozen wines from the region of Naoussa and to meet some of the winemakers. Needless to say I awaited the event with great anticipation.

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The most exciting part about my journey of discovering wines has been getting to taste varietals I’d never heard of. Take Xinomavro, for example. The name itself is intriguing enough to make me want to explore.

Xinomavro is the aristocratic black grape of Greece. It means “acid black” and it produces impressive wines when well made.

Like all the other Greek wines I’ve been writing about, I discovered Xinomavro through Markus Stolz, whom I consider to be the guru of Greek wines. He has dedicated an entire section of his blog to Xinomavro. It’s well worth dipping into.

Apostolos Thimiopoulos is the gifted young winemaker of family-owned Thimiopoulos Vineyards. In a few short years he has managed to produce wines that have won international acclaim. As he told Markus in this interview, Apostolos strongly believes that Naoussa, the small, highly reputed region in Macedonia, Northern Greece, where his vineyards are located, is blessed with extraordinary terroir.

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