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Dear Evangelos,

I am celebrating Thanksgiving with my Greek American family and friends. I would love to serve the proper wine with my turkey. What do you suggest?

Thank you,




Dear Georgia,

Thanksgiving is getting closer and why not give to this American special day a touch of Greece!!

Could we pair our turkey with a Greek wine? The answer is of course we can! Greek Red wine from Nemea made by Agiorgitiko grape is the answer, more specifically a 6-8 months barrel aged Agiorgitiko with medium to full body, aromas and flavors of fresh Red fruit like cherries, cranberries and pomegranate and soft velvety tannins will pair well with your turkey and its garnish.



Here’s one to try.

Aivalis Nemea,2012


Certified sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and Head Sommelier for Hotel Grande Bretagne and Hotel King, Evangelos shares his wine expertise. Read more about Evangelos on our About Us page!


  1. evanne sharp

    December 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Dear Evangelos,

    We currently live in Greece and i was wondering if champagne is made here?
    A few more basic questions I have heard and thought about perhaps you can answer:

    Should you always decant red wines?

    Why do some wines give people a headache?

    Why are some wines not suitable for vegetarians?

    Many Thanks and Happy Holidays!,
    Evanne Sharp

    • Evangelos Psofidis

      December 6, 2014 at 5:36 am

      Dear Evanne,

      I guess by the term champagne you mean sparkling wines.First of all we need to make clear that by the term “Champagne” we are only talking about sparkling wines made by the traditional method at the region of Champagne in France so we cannot use that term in any other country.
      So if you mean if here in GREECE we produce sparkling wines using the same method producers use in Champagne,France the answer is yes.The last years regions like Mantinia in Peloponnesse, Amyndaio in Florina,Naoussa,Santorini and Epirus are sources of really High quality sparkling wines produced by the traditional method by indigenous grape varieties such as Moschofilero, Xinomavro, Assyrtiko and Debina.

      Regarding decanting red wines generally speaking we can say that not all red wines need to be decanted.Those wines who need it more are those who have been bottled unfiltered and those who are old enough to have thrown sediment.Also wines with really full character will benefit from some aeration prior consuming.Usually light in style red wines do not need decanting.

      Regarding headache and wine i think it has to do with the alcoholic content of the wine,the higher the more possible to get a headache.

      Some wines are not suitable for vegetarians because during the vinification process animal products are being used as fining agents,such products are isinglass,gelatin,casein and egg albumen.

      Hope i have been helpful!!!

  2. Sheryl

    December 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Dear Evangelos,

    I an planning a holiday dinner party with friends and would love to hear your suggestions for Greek sparkling wines that I can pair along with my appetizer selections.

    Thank you and Happy Holidays!

    • Evangelos Psofidis

      December 6, 2014 at 5:46 am

      Dear Sheryl,

      Greek sparkling wines can be a great way to start a dinner due to their refreshing character and their aromatic profile.If you want something light and aromatic wines made by Moschofilero grape such as Amalia Tselepos Brut and Odi Panos Spyropoulos can be great choices.

      If you want something very dry then the Assyrtiko based sparkling wine from Santo Wines
      co-operative is really great.

      Last but not least rose Greek sparkling wines are great with “Akakies” from Kir-Yianni Estate and “Karanikas Rose” both made by Xinomavro being the most popular choices.

      Happy holidays!!!

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