The Sipping Point Radio – 5/12: All About Greek Wines

The Sipping Point Radio – 5/12: All About Greek Wines

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Sips of the Week

Ted Diamantis  is one of the world’s leading importers of Greek wines. He founded Diamond Wine Importers in 1992 with the belief that Greece, with its natural terrior of mountain vineyards, maritime influenced climate, volcanic and alluvial soils, and over 200 ancient indigenous varieties, can once again become a source of some of the greatest wines in the world. Over the last 20 years of tasting and traveling throughout Greece, he has compiled a portfolio of the best artisan, vineyard-driven producers who are working with the best native varietals from the best appellations. He has the goal is to now educate and enlighten the American wine market about these indigenous varietals, ancient appellations and, most importantly, the spirit of these outstanding producers. Domaine Sigalas Assirtiko/Athiri Santorini 2011  $16.99 (White) Varietal Composition: Assyrtiko 75%, Athiri 25% Vinification techniques: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks under controlled temperature.  Organoleptic characteristics: Colour straw blonde, bright, with a nose of ripe citrus fruit. With refreshing acidity and a delightful after-taste.  Ageing potential: Minimum of 3 years. Domaine Skouras St. George Nemea 2010 $14.99 (Red) 100% Aghiorghitiko, The color is bright, deep crimson. The nose reveals aromas of blackberries, black raspberries and ripe strawberries with just a touch of anise and spices such as clove and cinnamon. It is a medium bodied wine with graceful texture, balanced acidity and very ripe elegant tannins. The finish is moderately long, full of red fruits with a touch of sweet vanilla and black pepper. All thesips of the week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at

Wine Sandwich

Sam Zien, The Cooking Guy joined us to talk about some great grilling recipes from his book Just Grill This! that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any day. Sam quit a biotech job in July of 2001 to try to start a travel show, with him as the host.  The fact that he had zero travel or television experience didn’t seem to matter to him.  He felt he could be at least as good as the not-so-exciting people on TV – and maybe even better.  His 30-minute show appropriately named Sam the Cooking Guy – an irreverent mix of humor and easy-to-replicate recipes that have now won 11 Emmy awards.  It’s ‘reality’ cooking – in the sense that whatever really happens when he shoots, stays in the show.  A dropped pan, dogs getting in the way, a burnt lip from a too hot mouthful or even something he made that ended up tasting bad – it all stays.  In 2007 Discovery Health came along and ‘Just Cook This! with Sam the Cooking Guy’ was born.  It features his same offbeat style with more easy-to-prepare, great-tasting recipes that also happen to be healthy.  It’s true – healthy doesn’t have to taste awful. Still known for his ‘big in taste and small in effort’ philosophy, Sam has become a frequent guest on The Today Show, his first cookbook ‘Just a Bunch of Recipes’ was released in 2008 by John Wiley & Sons and his second book ‘Awesome Recipes & Kitchen Shortcuts’ was released in April of 2010.  His 3rd book Just Grill This! released in February of 2011.

Upcoming Events

6/8: Save the Date – Robert Mondavi Winery Dinner to celebrate Heritage month at Westin Annapolis

Next Week

We’ll talk to all about the delicious white wines of Chile along with some great recipes that will pair perfectly!

Special thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, Wells Discount Liquors, Crystal Cruise Lines, Santa Rita Winery, The Cavit Collection and J Brown Jewelers.