Join celebrity chef and award-winning author Diane Kochilas and Greek wine expert Johnny Livanos in tasting Greek wines alongside some popular Greek specialty foods from Diane’s online shop! In this virtual Greek getaway you'll learn a bit more about some of the unique regions of Greece where the delicious wines come from, and experience some of the most prized artisanal Greek food products made in various parts of the country.
- 3 bottles from the Diamond Wine Collection. 1 each of:
- Douloufakis Dafnios Vidiano
- Zoe Rose
- Kir-Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro
- Tasty Greek treats, including:
- Sun-dried Kalamata Figs
- Organic Kalamata (PDO) Olives
- Rusks made with Ancient Wheat
- Spinach & Feta dip
- Moussaka dip
- Manouri grilled cheese in extra virgin olive oil
- Shipping is already included in this package price!
- A link to join the live video session on September 20
About the Hosts:
Diane Kochilas is one of the world’s foremost experts on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. She is the host, creator and co-producer of My Greek Table, the award-winning 13-episode per season cooking-travel show about Greece that airs nationally on Public Television. The series is in its third season.
Diane hails from the Blue Zone Greek island of Ikaria and New York City and brings a combination of innate Blue-Zone wellness and result-oriented NYC spirit to everything she does. She is an award-winning author of more than 18 books on Greek-Mediterranean Cuisine and runs the Glorious Greek Kitchen on Ikaria Cooking School every spring and fall on the island. Diane also organizes culinary excursions and walking tours in Greece and cooking classes throughout the United States.
Johnny Livanos is a 3rd Generation restaurateur from the esteemed Livanos Family, owner of NYC landmarks such as Molyvos, Oceana, and Ousia. Johnny is a passionate sommelier who works closely with Greek wine and loves to share their amazing stories with the world. Johnny represents a large portfolio of Greek wine with Diamond Wine Importers and is also the founder of one of the 1st gin brands from Greece, Stray Dog Wild Gin.
About the Wines:
- Douloufakis Dafnios White – Medium intensity aromas of yellow and citrus fruits, combined with a little more intense aromas of chamomile, jasmine and spices. Full and rich flavor presenting the tasting characteristics of apricot and flowers. Very pleasant, balanced acidity and fine finish.
- Skouras Zoe Rose – Bright with medium deep cherry-red with pink hues. Vibrant aromas of ripe cherries and raspberries with hints of sweet spices and floral, rose petal notes. Medium body with moderate high acidity and the slightest hint of very ripe tannins. Flavors are consistent with the aromas along with some shades of sweet grass and bubble gum. Finish is moderately long with evolving flavors that add complexity.
- Kir Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro – This wine shows xinomavro in all its fragrant detail with notes of cedar, pepper, roses, and smoked meat sweeping through its dark cherry fruit on brisk acidity
About the Mezes:
Sun-dried Kalamata Figs - Figs are one of the most elemental Greek meze items, an ancient snack still timely today!
Kalamata, in the Peloponnese, is home to the most famous olives in the world, but it’s also well-known for its delectable figs. These figs are harvested from local producers and sun-dried, giving them an intense sweet, flavor and chewy texture.
Dried figs are a nutritious snack that is low in calories and high in fiber. Figs have a high concentration of important mineral electrolytes like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and they are also a good source of manganese and copper..
Organic Kalamata (PDO) Olives - These exceptional organic Kalamata olives are grown on the Greek Pony Farm estate. They are hand picked, one by one. They mature in a brine and are then preserved in extra virgin olive oil (Kalamata PDO), from the same farm. They are lustrous, fleshy, crunchy and full of wonderful aromas with colors ranging from violet to black. They are incredibly tasty
Rusks made with Ancient Wheat - Rusks (Paximadia) are the name given to an array of Greek twice-baked bread products. An ancient food first developed by the Minoans, to this day they are the de facto sustenance of farmers, fishermen and shepherds (perfect for on the go) and a mainstay in the Mediterranean diet. They are also a mainstay on the meze table.
While there are countless varieties of rusks, these are made from ancient grains by the Votzakis Brothers, a small multi-generational family bakery in Sfakia, Crete. Their ancient wheat product line is named Zeidoron, which means “gift of life,” referring to the health-giving qualities of this ancient bread product.
Zeidoron Small Ancient Wheat Rusks
These sourdough bite-size rusks are made with an ancient wheat known in Greece as Zea, or scientifically as Triticum diccocum. The ingredients of these bite size rusks are pure, natural and simple - Zea starter, Zea wheat flour, water, salt and olive oil. They have a wonderfully rich and sating nutty flavor.
Please note, the texture is crunchy and similar to a hard pretzel. They can be enjoyed as they are, but Greeks often dip them in water before eating or allow them to soften from the various accompaniments they are served with..
- Spinach & Feta Dip - Spanakopita is one of the quintessential Greek foods, an iconic phyllo pie prepared at homes and in Greek restaurants all over the world. This dip captures the essence of spanakopita, a savory mix of spinach, herbs and feta. The dip is a delicious snack or meze, but also very versatile. Try it with ancient grain rusks, or as a sauce for pasta. It’s great as a sandwich spread and inside an omelet or crepe, too!
Moussaka Dip - Everyone loves a good moussaka. This delicious dip by Simply Greek features all the classic flavors of a traditional moussaka made with eggplant, nutmeg, and feta. It's a great dip with Greek rusks or pita and delicious as a sauce for your favorite pasta. It's also a flavorful
sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and cheeses.
- Manouri grilled cheese in extra virgin olive oil - Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? That’s exactly what this yummy creation is, minus the bread! Artisan food creator Avra Panousopoulou, founder of Yiam, grills wedges of one of Greece’s most beloved cheese, manouri, and preserves it as our grandparents did in extra virgin Greek olive oil. Manouri is one of the great table cheeses of Greece, a pressed whey cheese similar to ricotta salata, with a mild, milky, rich taste and creamy, smooth texture. It is one of the most popular cheeses to pan-sear or grill, and Yiam has recreated that in a jar. Serve these wedges as they are, on a small plate, olive oil included, or over a tomato salad. They’re great over pasta, on bread, in a sandwich, and as a garnish for hot soups, too.
**Please note, should inventory/availability require it, we will substitute alternate Greek wines or meze items, at no additional cost. Wine orders are fulfilled through wine.com. Meze items are fulfilled through shop.dianekochilas.com