Greek grape name pronunciation project and my Greek artichoke flower

Fortune smiled on me today when it delivered me at the doorstep of Roxani Matsa (above), the most super cool lady and winemaker in the Attica appellation just outside of Athens. She took me on a tour of her garden and her vineyards, insisting that I stop to smell the artichoke flowers…

We chatted about winemaking and films as we sat outside her home and winery, sipping frappè coffees (ubiquitous here in Greece), munching on pastries, and leafing through photo albums.

Before I headed out to Mantinia in the Peloponnese, she graciously recited some Greek grape and appellations for the fresh-off-the-presses Greek Grape Name and Appellation Pronunciation Project, which I launched yesterday at the Boutari Social Media Project blog.

There’s so much more to tell and so many more photos and videos to post from my trip. But now it’s time to relax and get some sight-seeing in before I head back home with the armadillo.

I’ll be taking the next few days off from blogging but will pick up again early next week where I left off…

Thanks so much, to everyone, for the kind words here, on the Twitter, and on the Facebook about the review of Sotto and my wine list there in Los Angeles. They mean the world to me. :)

See you next week!

4 thoughts on “Greek grape name pronunciation project and my Greek artichoke flower

  1. Jeremy congrats on Sotto’s wine list.

    I hope you tried some older vintages of Roxani’s Malagouzia. 2003 send to me by Yannis Voyatzis the head of Boutari was still alive and kicking. Both the 2008 & 2009 are amazing.

    Roxani is amazing producer and a very beautiful lady inside and out. So much CLASS.

    Enjoy your free time
    giorgos

  2. Bello. Congratulazione Jeremy!
    Il “fiore di carciofo” ed il “greco” sono particolari che accomunano quei territori alle nostre camagne del Cirò.
    Un caro saluto
    Giuseppe Parrilla

  3. Roxani was so much fun and her wines are amazing…

    Tracie P, I’ve got some fun stuff from my Greece… fig jam that Roxani gave us! :) love you

    Giuseppe, manda qualche foto dei carciofi calabresi! :) un abbraccio

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