Agiorgitiko

  (ah-zheor-GEE-tee-koh)
Synonyms: Aghiorghitiko, Mavro Nemeas, Mavronemeas, Mavrostaphylo Mavraki, Mavroudi Nemeas, Nemeas Mavro, Nemeas Mavroudi, St. George

Wine Name: Agiorgitiko

Background: This grape is a Greek varietal grown mostly in the Peleponnese that makes a low acid, spicy, plum-tasting red wine. As a varietal it is very susceptible to viruses which can explain its varying characteristics such as ranging from soft to tannic in structure. It can be made into dry, off dry, Rosé or sweet versions.

Classic Brands and Sources: Antonopoulos, Boutari, Gaia, Skouras

Characteristics:

Style #1 – typical

Body – medium

Acidity – low

Sweetness – dry

Tannins – medium


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs well with savory, medium-bodied meat and vegetable dishes

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Game, duck, lamb, sausages both savory and spiced, smoked ham, grilled and roasted meats especially with herbs, paella, cheese based pasta, root vegetables and beans

Cheese Pairings:
American, Colby, Mild cheddar, Velveeta, Double Glouchester (similar to mild cheddar), Fontina, Gouda, Mahon, Manchego, Monterey Jack, Roncal, Serena, Triple Creme, St André, Zamarano (Spanish sheep’s milk cheese), Brie and Camembert (without rinds)