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By Stef Schwalb

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Opa! That’s right oenophiles, it’s chic to be Greek – especially if you love enjoying wines packed with great flavor and paired with foods that are decadent and divine. Toasting and tasting is what’s on the menu for “Celebrate Greek Wine Week,” taking place in the Big Apple from June 8-22 at a number of local restaurants and retailers. This inaugural event heads to us after a successful multi-city tour where Greek wines wowed other U.S. outlets as well as Canada.

New Wines of Greece, coordinators of this endeavor, expects more than 80 participants, including restaurants such as Corkbuzz, Prime, and Okeanos and retailers like Astor Wines & Liquors, Atlantic Cellars, and Frankly Wines.

Offers range from flights of 2-4 Greek wines at a fixed price; $25-$50 prix fixe lunches and/or dinners with a glass of Greek wine; or a 15-20% discount on any bottle of Greek wine. There are four major varietals New Wines of Greece reveres as “ambassadors” for the brand. They are the mineral white, Assyrtiko (pairs to perfect with savory seafood); the aromatic white, Moschofilero (works wonders with Asian-influenced ingredients); the delicious, dark fruit red, Agiorgitiko (rocks out richness with roasted meats); and the vegetal red, Xinomavro (makes the most of massively flavored meats). For more info on where to go and what to expect, log on to http://www.celebrategreekwine.com.

Greek Countryside, by the Kersker Family and © http://www.History101.com/

Originally published June 2012

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