If You’re a Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo Fan, Try the Greek Grape Xinomavro

If You’re a Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo Fan, Try the Greek Grape Xinomavro

And we really mean listen up – because you are going to want to hear the pronunciation of the Greek grape Xinomavro (ksee-NOH-mah-vroh).

It’s the predominant grape grown in the Macedonia and Naoussa, which is the northern part of Greece, and is one of the country’s most exciting discoveries.

Xinomavro, actually means "acid-black," though much like Pinots and Nebbiolos, the wines are more of a light garnet red.

You’ll get red fruits with hints of spices and olives on the nose. These wines have great ageability and tons of rich tannins which is why Xinomavro pairs great with meat dishes. But thanks to its crispness, it can also be enjoyed with richer seafood.

And since the grape has such similarities to the sometimes expensive Nebbiolo-based wines from Piedmont, there is a growing interest in the less expensive Xinomavro.

You can learn more about Xinomavro and the other 350 indigenous Greek varietals by signing up for this monthly newsletter. You can also get a chance to win $100 towards dinner at your favorite restaurant, with Greek wine of course.

Oh, and we’re guessing you need to hear that pronunciation again.

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