Kalathas Greek Island Party Pack
Kalathas Greek Island Party Pack
Think of Notias as a deeper dive into Aspro Potamisi, the regional Greek grape that Jérôme Binda has transformed into an impossibly plush skin-contact wine that compelled us to yell “Shut up, you’re so good!” at it. Notias also refers to the Vent d’Afrique, the whimsical and wildly powerful Mediterranean wind that blows through his vineyards, much to the chagrin of microphones and hats everywhere. Vinified from ancient, own-rooted bush vines, tannins are present but take a backseat to all of the ripe, silken fruit happening here. Candied orange peel, gooseberry marmalade, pineapple upside-down cake, maraschino cherry, wildflower caramel & white tea tannins. Pair with the first fruits of spring: fresh figs drizzled with honey, poached apricots & cherry buckwheat tart.
Rozaki is a regional Greek grape historically reserved for table wines but when sourced from century-old vines, produces spell-binding wines with gorgeous depth and concentration. From French-born winemaker Jérome Binda, a shining star in the natural wine world, Sainte-Obeissance is a white wine that takes the high road all the way to heaven, a devastating exercise in how plush & silky a liquid can possibly get, radiant in every extreme. Translating to ‘Holy Obedience,’ this wine was named after the little chapel down the hill where one could presumably get married (!) in what would be the best destination wedding EVER. Peach nectar, mango pulp, papaya salad, Honey Nut Cheerios, lemongrass & kefir lime leaves with a slight peach pit bitterness. Pair with double-faced satin and Sunday Service.
Jérôme Binda is working with some of the oldest vines in the world (some up to 250 years old!) on the Aegean island of Tinos, Greece. Only ancient, crawling bush vines – that is, grown without training – could produce such a deeply wise and powerful white wine with such an intense saffron hue and fresh acid. ‘10+12’ is new to Ontario and refers to a 2015 blend of Vat 10 with Vat 12, early Aspro Potamisi with late Aspro Potamisi – the name clearly stuck. Savoury and slightly salty with notes of preserved & fermented lemon, macadamia, apricot fuzz, wildflower honey, ginger chew, barrel toast and a touch of peat. Take a bit of Saint Tropez, a touch of Miami and a healthy dose of Greek charm and you get this, an entire sabbatical in a bottle.
An extra rare treat from the far flung vineyards of Domaine de Kalathas, on the tiny Aegean island of Tinos in Greece. We’ve only ever had the Kalathas reds at wine fairs so it’s a real joy to introduce them to Ontario for the first time! Meaning ‘The Red,’ (as in, this is The Red), this is a redolent light red with the luxurious weight and texture of red velvet stage curtains. Incredibly plush with notes of cranberry Canada Dry, lingonberry lemonade, forced rhubarb, melon rind and an unripe-but-ripe greenness, verging on mint. An immense red that isn’t a Big Red, if you catch our drift – light and lustrous, full yet brisk, pure pleasure with a deft hand. Pair with scintillating conversation and Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters.
No longer are we smuggling bottles of Kalathas in our suitcases! Jérôme Binda makes a tiny (but growing!) amount of wine from the tiny Aegean island of Tinos, Greece. Working with ancient, own-rooted vines up to 250 years old, his wines have incredible vivacity and are amongst the most coveted wines in the world, testaments to the singular energy only old vines can impart. ‘‘To Kokkinaki’ means ‘the little red,’ a musky, high-octane rosé that speaks to sun, soil & earth that reminds us an awful lot of some of our favourite light reds with an opulent texture and a distinct, herbaceous edge – the choice is not yours because we’re defying labels here! Smushed raspberries in the sun meet fallen apples, raspberry leaf, white tea, crabapple & dried sage. Pair with chunky necklaces, Tabis & a black muumuu dress like the esteemed patron(izer) of the arts you are.
Free pick up at our shop (1247 Dundas Street West) or delivery across Ontario in 2-5 business days for $10 - $20 flat rate depending on region. We offer free delivery for M postal codes over $150, and over $250 in the rest of Ontario.* Please note we do not deliver on Sundays.
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