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A Laurel for Tara

Tara Q. Thomas, our intrepid executive editor, fell in love with Greece when she staged at a restaurant in Athens while studying at the Culinary Institute of America. When she joined the magazine in 1997, she immediately set her sites on reporting the renaissance that was happening in Greek wine—a modernization of winemaking practices, certainly, but also a concerted effort to clarify the astonishing terroirs and palette of indigenous grapes that had been there all along. Recently, she’s brought to our attention Santorini’s precise, mineral assyrtikos, and traced the emergence of malagousia as one Greece’s rising-star grapes.

In recognition of her efforts to educate Americans about Greek wines, the Greek wine industry recently awarded her the first annual Greek Wine Industry Award. They created the honor “to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the Greek Wine Industry in the fields of education, promotion, production and science.”  Tara traveled to Thessaloniki to accept the award at a March 9 ceremony and—we hope—indulge in some vintage Naoussa and perfectly-grilled lamb.

Well done, Tara!

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