Herbs, Greens Fruit. The Key to the Mediterranean Diet

What Are Herbs? According to the Oxford dictionary herbs are all the useful plants whose leaves, roots, stems and flowers are valued as food or medicines by dint of their aroma or other characteristic. This definition applies to a variety of plants that are used in foods, drinks, medicines, cosmetics, etc. however, in the last …

The Charming Culinary Journey of Thessaloniki

Eating is a serious matter in Thessaloniki. No matter where you go, from the humblest fish and chips hole-in-the-wall to the trendiest “in” restaurant, you will find that a meal is not something to be rushed, but rather relished and savored. The dishes may range from a simple salad of broccoli, beets and wild greens, …

Local Delicacies of Mykonos

Cheeses The island has excellent cheeses to offer, either made by traditional small-scale producers – farmers who keep livestock on the island and also make their own cheese – or by commercial cheese-making establishments. Tyrovolia is a white, soft cheese that is used as the basis for traditional Mykonos savory or sweet pies. It can …

Delos: The Prominent Pilgrimage Center of Ancient Greece

A significant amount of practical infrastructure became necessary on Delos to accommodate the needs of visitors, especially during religious festivals such as the Greater (every four years) and Lesser (annual) Delia. The hymn to Apollo further avows “…In Delos…the long-robed Ionians gather in your honor with their children and shy wives: with boxing and dancing …

The Sacred Island of Delos

One of the most memorable and fascinating experiences to be had during a visit to Mykonos is not actually on Mykonos, but a thirty-minute boat ride away…On the sacred island of Delos. If you are the type to believe in ghosts, then you’ll agree they must be here. The millennia-old history of Delos is filled …

The Revival of Retsina

The custom of adding resin to wine dates back to ancient times; it is hardly surprising that the vine would, at some point, meet the neighboring pine, particularly in Central Greece, where the two grow in such close proximity. And while the discovery of wine itself, has ben attributed to a random event – a …

Why Greek Wines Pair with the World’s Most Popular Cuisines

Italian With discreet aromas of red fruits and spices, the red Agiorgitiko grape variety produces expensive rosés and velvety reds. Both can be elegant accompaniments to a host of wine-friendly Italian comfort food dishes, famed for their rare balance of richness and finesse. At the same time, for fans of pizza and Neapolitan-style tomato-based sauces, …

Greek Sweet Wines

Malvasia In the Peloponnese, on the southeast shore of the Parnon mountain range, stands the Byzantine fortified town of Monemvasia, built in the 8th century on a towering rock separated from the mainland. According to written sources, the wine produced across the narrow stretch of water in the Laconian hinterland was exported for at least …

The Wine Road of Peloponnese

The Peloponnese is mountainous, with Taygetus standing above all other ranges. As a result of its position in Greece’s south, bordered by sea on all sides and its mountainous landscape, the Peloponnese enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate on its coasts, becoming more continental further inland. However, there is a broad range of mesoclimates and temperatures, …

Assyrtiko: The Santorini Cultivar

“There are more than 60 grape varieties on Santorini” Abbe Pegues wrote in 1842, “but for the production of the ordinary wine and santo wine almost only one is used, the Assyrtiko, because it is the most prolific and the best”. Assyrtiko remains the dominant cultivar on the island, accounting for about 75% of the …