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.