Wine: Greek retsinas
Retsina has never been an easy sell, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. A white wine infused with the resin of Aleppo pine trees, it’s usually made on the cheap, and “the flavor has been likened to turpentine, even by people who like the stuff.” In Athens, students looking to catch a buzz drink it mixed with Coke. But a few Greek winemakers are now honoring tradition by making retsina right—showing it can be a wonderful accompaniment to many assertive cuisines.
Gaia Ritinitis Nobilis ($18). This “refreshing, invigorating” wine, made from roditis grapes, “goes beautifully with roasted lamb.”
Garalis Retsina ($13). The muscat of Alexandria grape underpins this “lively, aromatic” retsina from the island of Lemnos.
Georgas Family Retsina Black Label ($20). Made from the savatiano grape, this wine is “rich and mildly pungent” on the palate, “an altogether delightful combination.” ■
February 1, 2019 THE WEEK