Xino-Rosé - Wine & Spirits Magazine


If the summer heat has you thinking pink, try reaching for a rosé made from Greece’s indigenous xinomavro. For our August issue, Tara Q. Thomas spoke with a few sommeliers who are making xino-believers of their diners. You can read that feature here. — the W&S Team

Alpha Estate’s Vineyards

Very pale, this is a sleek, elegant rosé of xinomavro. Grown in the high altitudes of Amyndeon in northwest Greece, the wine’s red fruit has retained a cool freshness, the flavors touching on underripe strawberry and rhubarb. Notes of herbs lend freshness, but it’s the texture that makes the lasting impression, silken and expansive.

Diamond Importers, Chicago, IL


Alpha Estate 2020 Amyndeon Single Vineyard Hedgehog Rosé

Every week, our editors highlight a wine that intrigued them in our blind panel tastings, expanding on their tasting note in this space. These are entirely editorial choices; there are no paid placements. Subscribers can also access the original tasting note by searching here.

is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.

This story appears in the print issue of August 2021.
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