Raise a Glass of Bubbly to Greek Spirit

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Today I pushed aside the newspapers, stopped surfing the web and turned off the television. I do not want to hear the reports of hard times in Greece at this moment. Things are hard and challenging, but we are not defined by the crisis. Today I do not want to hear what Greece doesn’t have, but rather celebrate what she does have.
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Therefore this week I will celebrate the Greek spirit with a sparkling wine. I will celebrate Greece, not mourn it. I will fill my glass and raise it in a toast.

Greek Flag waving

To those who peacefully demonstrate for what they believe I am proud that you take a stand regardless if it is the same or opposite of my own. I toast you.

I raise my glass to all who have the strength to continue to work at a job where they are not receiving their regular pay. With great admiration, I applaud those entrepreneurs who from necessity, innovation has been born. I say, bravo, on your spirit and success.

Stin igeia sas to those devoted people that give of their hearts and time each day to help provide for the hungry and homeless. Cheers to those who offer their pocket change, or simply a smile and hello. Those experiencing hard times deserve our respect.

Cheers to those who left Greece to best provide for their families. Do not judge them as many have left their hearts behind. For many, it was a decision of necessity and it hurts to be away.

To employees and employers who remain dedicated to each other. Here’s to you!

For anyone in politics who puts the country above themselves.  There may not be many, but I pray and hope for true leaders at any level.

To every optimist that knows Greece will grow stronger and know that we will emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.

May you swim in the sea, letting the water cover you in happiness and the sun shine the promise of a better future on your face.   Dance and celebrate your life rather than sink deep in an abyss of unhappiness.  You are the bubbles in this sparkling drink.

I raise this glass for every son and daughter, mother and father, grandmother and grandfather.   I toast each student, sales clerk, police officer, secretary, doctor and farmer. To friends that support each other, as well as to those who offer their heart to strangers. I drink to the Greek Spirit.

To Greece and her people, I toast your strength and my heart is with you.   It is a circle and it will come around full.  I am sincere in my admiration.  I will not be gloomy, but instead today I celebrate Greece and her people.

Tonight I raise my glass and make these toasts with a sparkling Greek wine…Blink.

Blink_bottle

Immediately you will know that Blink is one of the most ‘hip’ sparkling wines around. You can see this with the fashion forward design of the bottle an label.   It is no surprise that this creative design was awarded the Golden Pentaward Metal in packaging design in 2011.

blink_bottle

But don’t think of Blink as just a pretty face, don’t look away—she is just as beautiful on the inside as the outside. A delicious wine that received 90 points and a ‘Best Buy’ recommendation in the 2013 August issue of Wine and Sprits.

Blink Wine is a collaborative effort from the Aegean island of Lemnos, one of the oldest wine cultivating areas of Greece. The island’s intense volcanic activity contributes to the terrior, as do the north winds from Russia. Wind is constant and characteristic of the Aegean islands. The winds on Lemnos  constantly “adjust” the temperature, and the humidity levels range from 8°C during the day to 2°C at night during the Winter,  while in summer,  temperatures are between 25°C during the day and 20°C at night.

Blink is a dry sparkling wine from 100% Muscat Alexandria (Zibibbo). Today I drink it at a perfect 7 degrees (whites should be at 6-8 degrees Celsius).

In opening the bottle, one immediately can appreciate the aromatic nose. This bottle/glass of wine is clean with no visual defects . Pale yellow and bright in color with a nose of almond, almond blossoms, peach, pear and citrus. There is even a hint of the yeast.

The palate follows the nose and one feels a mouth full of flowers which is followed by a slight fruitiness, especially the pear. It’s mild acidity and minerality balance the sweet flavor that comes on the front of the  mouth with an aftertaste of buttery or toffee candy such as a caramel.

This wine would pair well with Asian style foods, especially spicy or sweet & sour dishes. I can certainly imagine it as a dessert pairing with bitter chocolate or something fruity. Great aperitif on it’s own. Enjoy with first course of vegetables or salad. Drink Blink with a plate of yellow and white cheese or with foie gras/pate, or simply anytime the occasion calls for bubbles:)

Cheers!

 

Photos from http://www.beetroot.gr/53-Blink-Sparkling-Wine.html

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