A) White wine
B) Red wine
B) Red wine
Xynomavro (pronounced Ksee-NO-ma-vro) is one of the dominant red grapes from Greece. Literally translated, it means “acid black." Some winemakers have compared it to Pinot Noir, but that's just close, not a fair comparison. It's typically vinified without oak, since this preserves the wine's natural character of high acid, great fruit and terroir.
Greece, being a young wine producing country in terms of the commercial wine world, set the requirements in 1985 for reserve and grand reserve. The requirements also state that the wine is to be aged in oak, which runs contrary to the walnut casks (which imparts no flavor but helps prevent oxidation) previously used. Oak cask usage fits into Western ways and have changed the way that this grape is grown. Today, some winemakers who plan on using oak barrels will produce a wine with high extraction and alcohol to preserve the varietal character instead of going back to walnut casks.
Make sure to order some of this month’s red in the Everyday Libations. It's a blend of Xynomavro and Syrah from an estate with a grand reputation.