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2015 Château Nico Lazaridi Drama White 750ml

2015 Château Nico Lazaridi Drama White

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Producer: Château Nico Lazaridi
Website: https://www.chateau-lazaridi.com/en/the-chateau-nico-lazaridi-winery-2/

Price: $24.99
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Varietal: White Blend
Includes white wines that are either made from a number of varieties and where no one is predominant, or the blend is propitiatory. For other blends see Champagne and Port Blends.

Country: Greece
With nearly 30 centuries of wine making and responsible for spreading vines across much of the Mediterranean, it goes without saying that Greece is steeped in viticultural history. Given that most grapes grown today go into making raisins and table grapes and that production normally on a very small traditional scale, wine is a relatively small part of the agricultural sector. That said, vineyards are planted in all parts of the country from as far south as the island Crete all the way to the most northern limits of the country in regions such as Goumenissa. The countries specialty is Retsina; before glass or oak barrels were used, earthenware was the favored material for making vessels, however given how porous it can be the Amphorae's were lined with resin to become air tight. The result was a wine with a distinct and desirable flavor. Today Retsina wine is replicated by adding small pieces of pine resin to the fermenting must until the first racking separates wine from all solids. The Muscat of Sámos is probably the country's second most favorite wine. Grown on high elevations on terraces plots on the islands steepest hillsides it appears in three distinct styles; Sámos Doux, a vin de liqueur, Sámos Vin Doux Naturel, and Sámos Nectar, made from dried in the sun.

Region: Macedonia
Greek Macedonia (Makedonia) is an expansive region in northern Greece, bordered by the Republic of Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria to the north and the Aegean Sea in the south. The semi-mountainous vineyards in the region are extensively planted to Xynomavro, along with Roditis, Limnio and the more-international Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. Macedonian red wines are noted for their firm tannins and big flavors, and the best examples are among Greece's most-sought-after reds. Grapes have been grown in the ancient region of Macedonia for thousands of years, as evidenced by ancient grape pips discovered in eastern Macedonia. Coins and ceramics from the 5th Century BC denote wine production in the classical period, and Macedonian amphorae have been found across Europe, suggesting that the wines were exported around the Mediterranean. Macedonian wine production continued into the Byzantine era, particularly on the Halkidiki Peninsula, where the monks of Mount Athos were cultivating extensive vineyards.

Sub-Region: Drama
Drama is a Greek wine-producing area in the region of East Macedonia and Thrace. There is a strong presence of international grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. There are also plantings of native Greek varieties such as Assyrtico and Robola. There are no Protected Designation of Origin categories in Drama. Nevertheless the regional appellation (equivalent to French Vin de Pays/IGP) of PGI Drama is considered to be one of Greece's best. Vineyards are located in the hills and mountains surrounding the city of Drama, 120 kilometers (75 miles) north-east of Thessaloniki. It lies at the base of the mountains that separate Greek Macedonia from Bulgaria. Much of Drama's viticulture is focused around the town of Adriani, where the region's first winery, Château Lazaridi, was founded in 1992. Since then, there has been significant growth in the region, and there are now around seven wineries located on the land surrounding Drama. While the modern industry is relatively youthful, winemaking in the region dates back thousands of years. Archaeological research shows this to be an important center for worship of Dionysis. Evidence has also been found of grapevine cultivation stretching back to the Fourth Millennium BC. The climate here is largely transitional, ranging from a Mediterranean influence on the flatter land in the south to a more-continental climate in the foothills of the mountains. These mountains provide some shelter from harsher weather systems from the north and instead, Drama's vineyards enjoy gentler cooling influences from the Aegean Sea, 30km (20 miles) to the south.

Type: White
White wine is a wine whose color can be pale-yellow, yellow-green, and yellow-gold colored. The wine is produced from a variety of grape varieties. The flavor and color comes from the juice of the grape and sometimes the skin of the grape as well. Interestingly, not all white wine comes from white grapes. Some select red grapes are used as in Champagne.