Mavrodaphne

  (Mahv-roe-DAHF-nee)
Synonyms: Mavrodafni, Mavrodaphne of Patras

Wine Name: Mavrodaphne, Marvrodaphne of Patras

Background: Mavrodaphne is a black grape of the Greek Peloponnese that is most often made into a sweet dessert wine like a Port, but it tastes more rustic and has herbal flavors. Fermentation is arrested before completion with a grape distilled spirit as Ports are and then it is aged in barrels in a solera system.

Classic Brands and Sources: Achaia Clauss, Antonopoulos Vineyards, Boutari, Kourtaki, Tsantali

Characteristics:

Style – typical

Body – full

Acidity – medium

Sweetness – sweet

Tannins – medium (+)


Wine and food pairing guidelines:
Pairs with food similarly to what a Tawny Port would pair with such as chocolate, nuts and cheeses.

Foods and Entrees that usually pair:
Crème Bruelee, pies and desserts made of Apple, Apricots, Pecans, Cherries, or Mince; Almonds, Hazelnuts, Biscotti, Dried Figs, Vanilla Ice Cream

Cheese Pairings:
nutty flavored cheeses such as Gruyere, Emmenthal, Swiss, Fontal, Maasdam,