Recently attended a dinner at The Greek in Tribeca, featuring the wines from Naoussa from the northwest region of Macedonia, Greece. I was introduced to the Xinomavro (tzsee-NOH-
Since it’s a food friendly-wine (I enjoyed this red wine much better with food!), we sampled the Xinomavro from many vineyards and some cooperatives along with various offerings from The Greek. Those included:
- Naoussa Kokkinos Winery
Mavro Elinos Winery
Damascenos Co-op Vaeni
Naoussa Argatia Winery
Naoussa Reserve Tsantali Winery
Grande Reserve Co-op Vaeni
Grande Reserve Boutari Winery
Naoussa 2000 Co-op Vaeni
Food-wise, I’d recommend the tyrokafteri (spicy feta spread) with their grilled Zea bread, spread with olive oil and sprinkled with oregano. Also tasty was the Greek okra; I preferred that without the sausage.
The one whole wild shrimp that topped the skillet filled with pieces, swimming in tomato sauce all topped with feta cheese, was tender and succulent. Not so the overcooked fishy pieces underneath. I make this dish, often serving over pasta after flaming with ouzo.
If you’re in Tribeca and like Greek food, give it a try – and be sure to order a bottle of Xinomavro to accompany your food.