21 Sep It’s all Greek (Wine) to Mike Isabella!
Sips of the Week Domaine Gerivassilou Malagousia 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece Winery Notes: This wine is entirely produced from the Greek grape variety of Malagousia that was saved from extinction due to the efforts of Vangelis Gerovassiliou. Further to skin contact to enhance the extraction of aromas, it is partially barrel-fermented and then matures on its lees for a few months, gaining depth in flavour and floral aromas. It has a brilliant straw colour with greenish shades and an aroma of matured fruit such as pear, mango and citrus. On the palate the rich flavours of lemon peel enhance the appealing mouthfeel, adding a well-balanced finish. Food pairing: a perfect match for Mediterranean dishes, seafood, poultry, light-sauced pasta dishes and fresh vegetable salads. Domaine Skouras “Greek Bordeaux Blend” Synoro 2007, Peleponnese, Greece Winery Notes: The color is very deep, clear purple with ruby hues. On the nose, it is intense, dense and fresh due to the Cabernet Franc. Aromas are focused on the ripe fruit (red mulberry – red cherries and ripe strawberry) coupled with sweet aromas as chocolate, cinnamon, cedar and delicate barrique. On the mouth it is full, with rich extract, alcohol which balances the tense acidity and ripe dense tannins. Flavors are consistent with aromas with the fruit being more powerful. The aftertaste has duration, volume and complexity. Chateau Nico Lazaridi Cab Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc “Magic Mountain” 2004, Greece Winery Notes: Classic red wine vinification with a long extraction, followed by 16-18 months on in new French oak barrels and 18 months in the bottle in excellent cellarage conditions. Characteristics: Intense, deep red color. Rich palate with aromas reminiscent of red forest fruit in a perfect combination of spices, which blend with the aromas of the barrel. A noble wine with rich character and delicious complexity, ripe tannic, dense and complete. All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at www. WellsWine.com. Featured Guest Chef Mike Isabella, Owner of Graffiato and now Kapnos tells us what inspired him to feature his unique take on Greek cuisine Wine Sandwich James Horn is the Wine & ServiceDirector at Kapnos and G Tasting Menu in Washington, DC. Previously, James served as opening General Manager at Daikaya, Japanese izakaya and ramen shop, where he compiled a list of over 60 sakes and shochu s, and earned a 3 Star review from the Washington Post. Before Daikaya, James was opening GM of Chef Mike Isabella’s Georgetown hotspot, Bandolero. James came to Bandolero via Graffiato, where he was also Chef Isabella’s opening GM and Beverage Director. Graffiato went on to receive 2 ½ stars from the Washington Post and was nominated for Best New Restaurant by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Upcoming Events 10/5 Laurie is a featured presenter atthe Greenwich Food + Wine Festival. 10/19 Laurie is a featured presenter at the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury, MD. Next Week We’ll be back next week to talk to talk Spirits and Cocktails! A Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.