Retsina, "Pitys Ritinitis", Troupis Winery
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Retsina, "Pitys Ritinitis", Troupis Winery - NV

Item # 44515 750mL

Pitys was a nymph who the gods turned into a pine tree to escape the wrath of Pan. Pine resin was used to seal amphorae and prevent oxidation in ancient times, resulting in the uniquely flavored traditional wine called Retsina. This is a novel take on the style, made entirely from Assyrtiko, and it sees skin contact as well. Made with minimal intervention, this is a natural, yet approachable style. To pair with souvlaki and saganaki.

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Time, place, perspective, expectation--these all affect our impressions of wine. Change one of these elements, and, like a twist in a kaleidoscope, it's a whole new experience. To my mind, it's always good to shake things up, test the structural integrity of your biases, and see if you won't be pleasantly surprised. Such was the case with this Retsina, a wine style I previously spurned. Troupis Winery, however, has changed the game. Made with Assyrtiko, the crisp minerally white from Santorini, aged on the skins, and bottled unfiltered, this wine completely disrupts the category. It's bright, refreshing, and textural, with ginger, tangerine, and grapefruit notes. Think ginger beer, but wine. Pair this with sushi and prepare to be astonished.

- ALM

Glossary

Assyrtiko

Pronounced "a SEER tee ko". This white varietal is native to Santorini and the other Aegean Islands. Used to make crisp dry wines similar in style to dry Riesling, it is often blended with other varietals - both indigenous and international - such as Sauvignon Blanc. This grape is also used to make the popular Greek dessert wine, Vinsanto.

Retsina

This is Greek history in a bottle! For years, Greek winemakers used pine resin to seal their winebarrels, and thus the resultant white and rosé wines took on the distinctive flavor of pine. Nowadays the wine is produced by adding small amounts of Aleppo pine resin to the fermenting grape juice. Immensely popular as the perfect accompaniment to Greek meze (or appetizers), this completely unique wine is more appreciable if considered more of an aperitif.


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