“…but there they lay, sprawled across the field, craved far more by the vultures than by wives.” ― Homer, The Iliad
Tragic. This week a friend called me Tragic. When I was shocked at his candor, he hastily replied, “Not Tragic in a pathetic way, but Tragic in a Greek Myth Hero way. You know how they leave home on a epic quest and encounter danger, hardship and misery during their adventures? And how when they return home after seven years away and their wife has married the best friend or brother? I mean Tragic, like that.” Oh. Like that. Yet another example of why I drink.
If, like me, you’re in the Tragic Greek Hero mode of your life, I suggest embracing the myth and start drinking like a Tragic Greek Hero with a bottle of wine from the New Wines of Greece. Don’t let tragic misconceptions about the iconic pungent piney Retsina of legend sway you from your quest for delicious, affordable Greek wine.
To start on your Greek wine journey, Wine Harlots suggest seeking out a bottle of Kyklos Moschofilero 2011. It’s crisp and bright, perfect for hot summer days and evenings, a wine that will revive weary pilgrims on their mission. It has bracing acidity with flavors of pear and lime, with a hint of earthiness. Perfect pairing? There’s nothing tragic about whipping up a bowl of Garlic Shrimp Pasta to fortify hungry adventurers. The music match is “Around the World” by Nikka Costa from the album Can’tneverdidnothin’.
The details: 11% alcohol. Cork closure. Appellation: Greece. Grape: Moschofilero. Actual retail: about $12 USD. Producer: Voyatzis. US importer: Nestor Imports. This was a media sample provided by New Wines of Greece.
photo credit: EatonAlive ©2013