CULTURE

Wine events for dedicated aficionados

Wine lovers in search of developments in the local market have much to choose from this and next month. Wine is taking over the Athens Concert Hall this weekend, with about 40 producers gathering to showcase their produce this Saturday and Sunday at «Oinotelia.» In the Athens Concert Hall’s foyer, gourmet choices such as caviar, salmon and cheese will accompany wine, while producers will present their goods in the banquet hall. Also on the agenda are two seminars: discussing winetasting for beginners and why wines differ from one another, both delivered by specialist Simos Georgopoulos. The event – featuring Spain and Portugal as honored countries – is organized by Oinotrapeza, a company specializing in wine-related products and services. (Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vassilissis Sofias.) Following the success of the previous two editions, the third edition of «Voroina» will take place on January 28 and 29 at the Hotel Grand Bretagne. It is organized by the Wine Producers’ Association of Northern Greece Vineyard (ENOABE), with a 5-euro entrance fee which includes a winetasting glass. Visitors here will taste a broad range of wines, including appellation of origin as well as regional flavors. Besides winetasting, the union will also honor wine specialist journalist and author Nico Manessis for his efforts to promote Greek wine. The Wine Producers’ Association of Northern Greece Vineyard is also behind the Wine Roads of Northern Greece, a travel program for local and foreign wine aficionados wishing to discover wine produce on location. (Hotel Grande Bretagne, Constitution Square.) ‘Wine summit’ Dionyssia 2007, a presentation and winetasting event for consumers is being organized at Zappeion Hall on February 23, 24 and 25. Billed as a local «wine summit,» the event will encompass a broad range of about 100 Greek wine producers, including a few foreign labels via their local representatives. (The event alternates annually with wine exhibition Oinorama.) Organized by Vinetum under the aegis of the City of Athens, the event is defined as a postmodern version of ancient wine feasting, dedicated exclusively to bottled wine. Entrance to Zappeion Hall during the two-day event is set at 15 euros and includes a pass to return, a Riedel winetasting glass and the exhibition’s catalog. (For more information call 210.766.0560 or log on to www.dionyssia.gr.)