VIRTUAL TASTING: Naoussa, Greece with Kir-Yianni

VIRTUAL TASTING: Naoussa, Greece with Kir-Yianni

Virtual Tasting: Naoussa, Greece with Johnny Livanos of Kir-Yianni
Friday, December 11th at 7:00 pm


Since you can’t visit wine country, we’re bringing Greek wine country to your living room! Join us for a live, interactive tasting with importer Johnny Livanos of Kir-Yianni. Wines presented will be available for sale at Vino Venue so you can taste along for the ultimate sensory experience. Zoom invitation will be shared upon purchase of two or more bottles of wine*.

PRO TIPS: Make it a date night! Pick up our Cheese & Charcuterie platter from the Grab-N-Go fridge or order dinner for take-out or curbside. 

Tasting Menu $38

Kir-Yianni "Akakies" Rosé 2019  19.

Kir-Yianni "Paranga" Red 2018  19.

Cheese & Charcuterie Upgrade: $20

*Please email Rob ASAP if you plan to attend so we have sufficient wine in stock.

About Kir Yianni:

Kir-Yianni was established in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry. Kir-Yianni, which means “Sir John” in Greek, is best known for producing premium Xinomavro from the slopes of Mt. Vermio in Northwestern Greece. Today, Stellios Boutaris, son of Yiannis, actively manages the winery and their two 30+ year-old estate vineyards located in Naoussa and Amyndeon. Combined, the vineyards stretch over 160 acres and range in elevation from 1,000 to 2,200 feet. The Naoussa vineyard is located in Yiannakohori and is home to all the Kir-Yianni red varietals. The vines are planted in 40 different blocks based on their different soil properties. The Amyndeon vineyard is located in one of the most promising Greek winemaking regions. This smaller of the two vineyards is home to the winery’s white varietals.

Wine in the area of Naoussa has a long history dating back many centuries. The first written documents testify that vine growing and winemaking were practiced already by the 16th century.

During the whole period of the Turkish rule and until the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the wine of Naoussa travels around the Central and Eastern Europe, but also to Alexandria in Egypt. During this time vine was the main crop in the area, exports were flourishing and the people of Naoussa prospered. The main grape variety grown in the vineyards of Naoussa was Xinomavro, trained in gobelet style and planted in dense rows.

The outbreak of phylloxera and the difficult conditions created by the two World Wars led to the destruction of the Naoussa vineyard, which was recreated only after 1970. One of the milestones in the modern history of winemaking in the area was the declaration in 1971 of Naoussa as a VDQS region (OPAP, now PDO, Naoussa), one of the two protected appellations for 100% Xinomavro. Today, Naoussa is one of the most prominent wine producing regions of Greece, with 500 ha under vine and about 20 wineries located in the area.

About Johnny Livanos:

Johnny Livanos joins us from Diamond Wine Importers, the premier Greek wine importer to the USA.  Johnny comes from a 3 generation Greek-American restaurant family where, from a young age, he started to work with Greek food and wine.  4 years ago, he opened up Ousia restaurant in NYC, which focused on an all-Greek wine list and inventive Greek cuisine.  Earlier this year, he changed gears and join the Diamond team to share the joys of Greek wine with the rest of the country. As the east coast area manager for Diamond Wine Importers, Johnny spends his time teaching people about Greek wine and bringing this amazing wine region to everyone.


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