26 February 2010

NV Demestica White

I was sharing a bunch of wine samples with some friends recently and decided to throw in something odd. Not a lot of Greek wine is sold around here, and I figured it would be a chance for a half dozen people to try their first one. By chance one of the guests brought olives and dolmadas, another provided spanakopita, so we had a perfect match waiting for us.

The NV Demestica White is a basic table wine produced by Achaia Clauss on the Peloponnesean peninsula of Greece. $10, 13% abv, made from Rhoditis, Sideritis, and various unspecified white grapes. Spicy nose with a touch of tar, pear and pineapple. A bit musty like an old library, with a fruity flavor reminiscent of yellow raisins but not sweet. Definitely something different, and it turned out to the be favorite of one of the guests. It's ideal for a long period of snacking, and I would even recommend it for tapas.

This wine is pretty common, served in a lot of Greek restaurants, and while it's not going to be replacing Chardonnay anytime soon, it's certainly interesting, tasty, and worth trying if you want to expand your wine horizons a little.

Side note: Clauss doesn't sound Greek, does it? A Bavarian named Gustav Clauss moved to Achaia on the Peloponnese in 1854 and over the next few decades began to export Greek wines.


fredric koeppel said...

interesting. the idea of a non-vintage white, though, is a little scary.

Benito said...


I've had a few NV whites that were decent. This one isn't spectacular, but there's nothing wrong with it and it's certainly different.


Jim Wilkerson/VINEgeek said...

Sounds interesting. Those grape varieties sound like unpleasant skin conditions, though. Nothing a little Gold Bond medicated powder couldn't fix, I'm sure!

Benito said...


The Greek ones do often sound like diseases of the Middle Ages. I think the weirdest I've personally consumed came from Turkey: Öküzgözü. Always strange to see a higher umlaut/letter ratio than your average heavy metal band.