Thursday, 16 October 2014

Our Thirsty Thursday Wine: a Must-Try Red from Crete

If there's one thing we've learned - and like to shout from the rooftops - here at Vinspire HQ, it's that sometimes you just need to grab a bottle of something totally out of your comfort zone. It's the only way you'll discover new favourites, and the only way you'll learn more not just about wine in general, but about the kind of wine you like.

We've been doing that a lot recently, thanks to our new Wine Shop of the Month feature, and our October merchant Theatre of Wine has come up with an absolute corker this week. Yes, it's on the pricey side, but what price to put on an evening where you discover something that taste utterly unique and like nothing you've ever tried before?

Here's what Theatre of Wine's Jason had to say:

Oikonomoy Liatiko 2006, Crete, Greece - £27.50

Our most exciting discovery of last year, Gianni Oikonomoy (pronounced Econo-moo) makes wines of heart-stopping beauty from his family vineyards in Crete. He works with old vines of Liatiko and Mandilaria, taking stylistic inspiration from his time with Scavino and Ceretti in Piedmont, and holds the wines back until they are ready to drink.

Theatre of Wine is fortunate to secure small quantities of the Liatiko 2006, a cult wine as much coveted in New York as in London. With its pale colour and explosive, mature perfume this puts us in mind of great old Barolo (at a fraction of the price).

But alongside the dried roses, wild strawberries and ripe figs, there's also the meaty, fennel seed flavour of mature Brunello and supple, ripe tannins. Proper wine, not to be missed if at all possible!

Theatre of Wine doesn't have an online shop yet, but don't worry! You can still order for UK-wide delivery - just give them a call or drop them an email

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