In my less-than-humble-yet-often-voiced opinion, Greek wine has done nothing but improve over the past decade. Greece is now in my top three of wine-producing nations, together with France and Italy. This is my personal view, by the way, I make no claim to be expert in anything beyond my own tastes. Most happily of all, Greece has provided me with my favourite pink wine ever (possibly forever). The name of the pink is Akakies.
The wine is produced in the Amyndeon Appelation in Northwestern Greece in an area with warm summers and cold winters, with an overall mild continental climate. It was inspired, apparently, by the acacias grown around the Xinomavro vineyards of Amyndeon. It has a scent of strawberry which would lead you to believe it to be sweet – not at all. Once tasted, the strawberry gives way to rhubarb or sour cherry (depending who you ask) and a very dry finish.
In short, it is the perfect pink for me. For the past three years, on coming back to Rhodes, I’ve been happy to readily and easily access a supply in town. Good news, people. For my patience and insistence, I’ve been treated to tastings of other pinks from Provence. Crisp, elegant, dry and just blushing in classiness, they may be. But it’s Akakies which makes me smile out loud – so it still has my heart.
Last year, there was a hitch. The founder of Kυρ-Γιάννης ( Γιάννης Μπουτάρης) may well be mayor of Thessaloniki, but (I was told) there were problems with the supply chain. The result was repeated visits to the local supplier (who got me hooked in the first place) and then, happiness, the discovery of two other local stockists (both of which sell Akakies cheaper, and one of which is only five minutes’ walk from my apartment). Cheers!
This was first published on axrhodes on 16/08/2013