Christmas day is now gone and probably most of us are recovering from the annual food comma. That's the thing about the Christmas holidays; as soon as you start to digest your turkey - boom - it's time for the New Year's Réveillon. New Year's Eve should be sparkly and a bit extravagant while glasses need to be at least half full and constantly clinging to the hope of a new year. Now is the time to break the bubbly! If you have already RSVP'd for a Réveillon now is the time to figure out what you should get as a thank you present for the hosts or stock up in case you are the host. My tip is that you can never go wrong with some fine booze. Even if the host is not much of a drinker, having a bottle of fine alcohol in the house is great. Having a bottle of alcohol that will spark some admiration and a bit of conversation is even greater!
Enter: Greek wine and spirits
If you think that Greek spirits are all about the "Opa!" and that they tend to be translated as ouzo overall, you are quite mistaken. Especially Greek wine is a huge up and comer in the international markets getting more popular day by day. As one of the greatest wine producers of the country, George Skouras phrased it “Greek wines now are very competitive. Consumers all over the world love to try new varieties and especially new varieties coming from the older world regions like Greece. Greece cultivates 360 different varieties which are still to be discovered. The first step is to create an icon for the Greek wines.”
Here's some suggestions for some exquisite drinks to seek before New Year's to upscale your drink carton or make an excellent gift for the socializing obligations of these days.
Aged tsipouro "Chrysi Vidra" by Domaine Glinavos
Perfect as a digestif when you feel you can't possibly eat another bite and ideal as a gift for someone who likes his drinks aged, sipped and neatly packaged.
Photo courtesy of: www.kommigraphics.com
Megas Oenos by Domaine Skouras
Literally meaning grand wine, Megas Oenos is the perfect gift for the hostess saying "thank you for getting into so much trouble, you are awesome".
Photo courtesy of: www.skouras.gr
Otto's Athens Vermouth
If you have a friend/amateur bartender who takes pride in his carton and his shaking skills, that's the one, look no further! Mix up a good negroni and don't forget the orange peel!
Photo courtesy of: www.athensvermouth.com
Amyntaio Sparkling Rose Demi Sec
Because you really need to break the bubbly at some point!
Photo courtesy of: www.greeceandgrapes.com
2 Mazi by Manousakis Winery
Because rose is making a comeback!
Photo courtesy of: www.winesofcrete.gr
Don't forget to drink responsibly!
Cheers to a Happy New Year!