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WineFairy chats with Master of Wine Konstantine Lazarakis; Apostolos Alexakis on their winery; Yiannis Paraskevopoulos on Gaia Winery; and with Sofia Perpera and George Athanas on the new wines of Greece

Segment-1: Wines of Greece - Indigenous Greek Wines are Lifestyle Choices That Are Delicious and Different - Konstantine Lazarakis M.W.
 
01: Konstantine Lazarakis, Master of Wine, Journalist joins us from Athens. After studying jazz guitar and mechanical engineering on the National & Technical University of Athens, he became Sommelier of Jajazzo Restaurant in Athens - the first restaurant in Greece to hire a full time sommelier and the first to be awarded a Michelin star. Now he works as an Imports Manager and Wine Buyer in AIOLOS ltd and the Managing Director of Wine and Spirits Professional Consultants that run WSET courses in Greece. In the last two years he has been involved in wine writing and wine journalism. He now write for four Greek publications as well as having 'Wines of Greece' published as a part of the Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library in Sept. 2005. Lazarakis consults for wine producers, hotels and restaurants.

 

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Segment-2: Wines of Greece - Alexakis Family is One of the Most Important Representatives of Cretan Wine - Apostolos Alexakis
 
02: Apostolos Alexakis joins us from Alexakis Winery in Crete. The whole family works at the winery. The company is headed by its founder, Stelios Alexakis, an oenologist-chemical engineer, assisted by his wife Sophia, who is responsible for quality control. Their children, Apostolos and Lazaros, who literally grew up in the winery, are now oenologists. Apostolos earned a degree from Fresno University, California. The Alexakis family is one of the most important representatives of Cretan wine. They own the largest private winery in Crete, with ultra modern equipment, while, over its long course, it has worked with almost all the growers on the island.

 

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Segment-3: Wines of Greece - Gaia Wines Highlight Quality Native Greek Varieties For Recognition in International Markets - Dr. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos
 
03: Dr. Yiannis Paraskevopoulos is Oenologist and Co-Owner of Gaia Wines in Greece. Gaia has a winery in Santorini and Nemea. He earned a PhD in Oenology from Bordeaux. Gaia Wines (Nemea) began production in 1994 with 9,800 bottles of Thalassitis white wine, which quickly became established in Greece and abroad as an example of unique Santorini wines. Today, Gaia operates two wineries: one in Koutsi, Nemea, which is the heart of the company, and one in Exo Gonia, Santorini. The oak fermented Thalassitis and the Gaia Assyrtiko (Wild Ferment) white wines are made from Assyrtiko grapes, along with five-year-old aged vinegar. The multiple award-winning and internationally recognised Gaia Estate wine is made from the Agiorgitiko variety at the private, 7-hectare vineyard in Koutsi, Nemea. This winery also produces Notios white and red wines, Agiorgitiko14-18h rosé, Gaia Agiorgitiko red, Gaia S red, Ritinitis Nobilis retsina and Anatolikos sweet wine.

 

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Segment-4: Wines of Greece - The New Old Wines of Greece... Yours To Discover - Sofia Perpera and George Athanas
 
04: There were many successes last year for the Greek wine industry in the U.S. with the value of Greek wine imports up 12%. Greece's entry into Wine and Spirits Magazine's 22nd annual restaurant poll reconfirms that the mainstream market in the US has begun to embrace our native varieties. Sofia Perpera is Director of All About Greek Wine and George Athanas is the President, but Sofia was the driving force. Sofia is a Bordeaux trained winemaker and managed the Greek Wine Federation in Athens before 2003. During that time she came to know the sector very well and developed good working relationships with all of the winemakers in Greece. Among many other things during her time at the Federation, she also worked to help modify and expand Greek wine legislation. George comes from 3 generations in the food and hospitality industry in the U.S.

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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