Xinomavro. Some say it is one of the finest wines produced in Greece. Winner of the 2020 World Decanter Wine Awards, the wine is without question excellent. And, while it may be used to make sparkling wine and roses, Xinomavro is best known as a red wine. With this prestigious reputation in mind, there are not many Pelham restaurants that will offer such a fine offering. Good thing you found Ya Mas!
Here, we delve into the world of Xinomavro.
As the primary red grape of the Naousa region, Xinomavro is cultivated in many areas. In 2010, nearly 5,000 acres located solely in Greece were the sole producer of the grape. However, growing in popularity, a mere three years later, the acreage increased to over 5,500 acres with planting worldwide.
Regardless of the expansion within growing regions, Xinomavro remains one of the most important and celebrated grapes in Greece. So much so that in 1971, the PDO was established to mandate the use of 100% Xinomavro grapes. The quality is often compared to one of the finest grapes found in Italian wines.
While some wines are bottled and distributed immediately for consumption, Xinomavro is aged for a minimum of two years. The notable acidity and tannins provide ample opportunity for wine consumers to cellar their favorite bottles. However for others, the wine reaches perfection when released and is enjoyed over a freshly cooked meal.
Food Pairings and Xinomavro
As with any wine selection, not all food pairings are meant to complement each other. In general, red wines are known for matching well with red meats, dense cheeses, and red pasta dishes. When it comes to Xinomavro, the selections are similar. However, as a Greek wine, it wouldn’t be a truly authentic experience without a wine that perfectly complements lamb. Below are a few other dishes to consider pairing with Xinomavro.
- Artisan Cheese Board
- Grilled Wagyu Rib Eye
- Braised Lamb Shank
- Hera’s Mushroom Garden
While we believe that everyday is the perfect day for a glass (or two) of wine, some days just call for celebration more than others! For instance, did you know that National Pinot Noir Day is right around the corner? Join us at Ya Mas on August 18th to celebrate the day with the finest selection of imported Greek wine. If you’re a lover of pinot noir, you will certainly want to try one of our several Xinomavro blends!
At Ya Mas, our wine list is constantly evolving to provide our customers with the best and finest imported wine from Greece. When searching Pelham restaurants, rest assured that our family provides the most authentic experience. From meal to wine, we invite you to celebrate with us!
- Thymiopoulos Vineyards : Young Vines | 100% Xinomavro, Naousa
- Oenops : Xinomavro | 100% Xinomavro, Drama
- Terra Olympus : Terra Petra | Xinomavro, Krassato & Stavroto : Rapsani