Wine Tasting #1 The grapes of Greece with Maria Moutsou
Star grapes: Savatiano, Assyrtiko, Agiorghitiko, Xinomavro
Price: £35 per person (includes tasting of 8 wines paired with small appetisers)
Duration: 2 hours
Location: The Cookhouse, Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Date: Saturday 24th of March 2018
Time Slots: 6pm-8pm
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Maria has become familiar with wine at early age, coming from a family of “domestic winemakers”, as called in Greece, private vineyard owners and makers of wine with no commercial interest but for the use of family and friends. The family used to pay much attention in the making and taking true pride during the consumption of that wine, yet without a trade notion attached to it. Wine was invariably present at meals, as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Maria’s interest in wine grew stronger as she started tasting more sophisticated examples and learned about the world wine scene, international grape varieties and winemaking from the scientific point of view. She attended the WSET (Wine & Spirits Educational Trust) program and obtained the WSET Advanced qualification (with Merit) in 2015. Since 2012 she has been researching the Greek vineyard, the longest living vineyard in Europe, being convinced that the Greek terroir is unique (as only few others) and feeling a great sense of connection with the people tending the vineyards and having the vision to produce beautiful yet different wines and with a narrative. She established an import company in 2014, Southern Wine Roads and brought a good number of quality producers in the UK Market. She has organized numerous tastings on Greek wine in the UK for wine societies, customers and private groups and has received great feedback both from experts, as well as her audience.
“What Maria does not know about Greek wine is probably not worth knowing” Anthony Rose MW, The Wine Gang
“Moutsou’ s list is full of wines and varieties you will never have heard of, from both the mainland and the islands, including obscure wines made by small producers from Lesbos, Samos, Zakynthos and Kefalonia among the mix” Justin Keay, Wine Writer, The Buyer
“Maria and hosts of the evening were a delight to spend an evening with. I walked home inspired, happy and having learnt more about wines. Earthy, warm, spirited company I can highly recommend”. Sabine Maurer
“Maria is a knowledgeable and excellent host and chooses fantastic Greek wines which are as well made as they are exciting. The food pairings are sublime too. A great evening!” Lauren Denyer, WSET Dip
Our menus are seasonal and change often. If you have specific dietary requirements please contact us before booking to ensure our menu can accommodate your needs.
All dietary requirements need to be confirmed at least two weeks prior to the workshop. As our menus are finalised after that, we will do our best but cannot guarantee that we can accommodate any dietary requirements less than two weeks prior to the workshop.
Our workshops are hosted at Borough Market cookhouse. As this is a shared kitchen space we cannot guarantee an allergy-free environment.
In case you have to cancel or change your booking, we would need a minimum of four weeks’ notice. In that case we will refund you for the full amount or transfer your booking to another date.
If you have to cancel or change your booking less than four weeks in advance then we will unfortunately not be able to refund or change your booking. You can of course offer your space to a friend, ensuring you have informed us of any dietary requirements as soon as possible, so as to make sure we can accommodate them.
If we have to cancel a workshop, then we will offer you a full refund or if you prefer we will transfer your amount to one of our other workshops.