Keeper Collection #SommChat Guest Dionysi Grevenitis of DNS Wines

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KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Welcome 2 #SommChat every1! Tell UR friends 2 join us 2 hear abt #Greek #Wine w Dionysi Grevenitis on #SommChat !

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: We’d like 2 introduce you to #Greek #Wine Importer Dionysi Grevenitis #SommChat #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Abt ready 2 dive in w/ ?s, so S/O 2 Dionysi Grevenitis & say hello so he knows UR here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Don’t forget to include #SommChat on EVERY tweet in order 4 every1 2 C see #WineWednesday

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: As we ask Dionysi Grevenitis our Qs on, you can ask him Ur Qs to @keepercoll as well! He’ll do his best 2 answer all Qs in order #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: W/so many participants gr8 Q's R asked! Even if u dont ask 1, S/O 2 Dionysi Grevenitis @keepercoll 2 let us know u R here! #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Let’s start talking with #Greek #Wine Importer Dionysi Grevenitis on #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Hello everyone looking forward to hearing from all of the #SommChat followers to talk #greek #wine

WineCompass @winecompass: Hello Dionysi Grevenitis #Greek #Wine #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass Dionysi here Gr8 to see you on #SommChat and look fwd to your questions

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: Hello Dionysi Grevenitis! #SommChat @keepercoll

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Dinoysi here @RichardPF look fwd to your questions on #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@keepercoll I'm a big fan of Greek wines so glad to hear you speak on them. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @keepercoll Dinonysi, How did you get your start in the #wine industry? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: I started as a #wine buyer in #NYC in 2000 at Spring St Natural Resto & since have worked all angles - retail wholesale import etc #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Dinonysi, How did you get into #Greek #wines? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Working 4 Frederick Wildman in #NY we came in need of #greek #wine portfolio it was my pleasure and joy to develop this #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Can you give a quick overview of #greek #wine? Regions, grapes #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass using broadest strokes U have island #wine which can be fr any group of islands like Cycladic, Ionian, & Crete etc …#SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass U have S mainland Peloponnese, mid mainland (Attica) N mainland (Macedonia & Ipirus) Varietals over 250 native.. #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: @keepercoll Are the mainland mostly reds and island white? #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass No you can have red and white on the mainland & depending on island it can be mostly white or mix of red & White #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass like Assyrtiko Xinomavro Moschofilero, etc but that's only scratching the surface #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass since most media focuses on white varietals pigeonholing #Greece 2 whites sometimes ppl get impression mostly white #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Dinonysi, What is your process for recommending #Greek #wines to #restaurants? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Biggest ? w/#resto & #retail is how involved they want 2 get w/ esoterica whether #greek or any other #wine country... #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Involved Inquisitive buyers seek out new #wines "even if old" while laziness tends to breed #Cabernet & #Chardonnay... #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: So it depends on the energy level of the buyer and what they want to do with their wine program #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: There is such thing as palate fatigue & so #greek #wine affords #somms ability 2 have greater Palatte of flavors 2 rec. tableside #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Dinonysi, what are the biggest trends right now in the Greek wine industry? @keepercoll

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF I don't know 2 the extent that I don't follow trends & my portfolio is highly specific #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF I have sought out to produce a portfolio which speaks 2 #terroir & typicity which some may say makes me an outlier #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@keepercoll @CharlesComm We are seeing more high-end Greek restaurants now, which is spreading a passion for Greek wines #Sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@keepercoll Thanks, Dionysi. Could you please then tell us more about your portfolio? #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF In gen., small production family estates working indigenous varieties in traditional sytles #SommChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q Hello Dionysi, What is the biggest challenge in selling #Greek #wine? #SommChat @keepercoll

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @CharlesComm Biggest Challenge to selling #Greek #wine is the unwillingness to see beyond the familiar. #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @CharlesComm Flipside-mkt in gen. is moving in2 broader format & so buyers who don't want 2 play in #greek #wines R rarer & rarer #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: How did the Greek financial crisis affect exports of #wine? #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass When creating my #greek #wine portfolio I tried to apply what I love abt #French & #Italian wines to #Greece #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass rather than seeking out commercially available properties- it was a hell of a walk thru the #greek countryside #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm Dinonysi, How do U think #Greek white #wines compliment a #wine list? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: 2 styles - 1st reductive/modern fresh easy drinking bright everything magazines tell you #greek #wine is #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: 2nd is oxidative/traditional great #food pairing #wines & where the spirit of #Greece really is #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr shy #SommChat peep Dinonysi, What R some #foods (other than Greek foods) that pair well w/ #Greek White #wines? Red Wines? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: any cuisine fr #mediterrean basin S of #France #Italy #Spain #lebanese etc is the easy answer #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: More oxidative traditional #greek #wines pair w/ classic #French #cuisine & Haute Cuisine fresher style #wines 4 #Asian/#Sushi #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommCha peep: Dinonysi, Any recommendations for some affordable #Greek #wines to try? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: on #retail side good qual. #greek #wine can be found 4 BW $16-$20/ btl ex.t 4 #Santorini which goes higher- gr8 QPR in these wines #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Look 4 Zafeirakis #Malagousia, Troupis #Moschofilero, Nerantzi Pentapolis which is a blend, to name a few #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat peep Dinonysi, How do you teach ppl to understand #Greek #wine labels? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: just like #Italy some #wines carry an appellation others R by variety so 4EX. U would say #Barolo vs #Nebbiolo #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Parallel in #greek #wines is #Naoussa & varietal is #Xinomavro this is reproduced all through #Greece #sommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: Q fr #SommChat Dinonysi, what are your thoughts on Retsina? @keepercoll

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF generally terrible usually made of #Savatiano which is high yielding & so generally low in quality #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF & resin used can be chemical vs using tree resin which imparts harsh flavors #SomMChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF this can be mitigated w/ better #varietal use (#Assirtyko #Roditis or low yield #Savatiano w/ only natural processes #SommChat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@keepercoll Thanks! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @RichardPF but by and large the conversation has moved about #greek #wine way beyond #retsina #SOmmChat

Charles Comm PR @CharlesComm: Q What, if any, sustainability practices are in order for #vineyards in #Greece? #SommChat @keepercoll

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @CharlesComm there is Cert. 4 full range - Bio, organic etc in #Greece also some vin natural producers as well #SomMChat

Kay Marley-Dilworth @ATXFoodnews: Jumping in late to @keepercoll #SommChat. It's #WineWednesday, ya’ll!

WineCompass @winecompass: What are the largest export markets for #greek #wine? #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass #Germany is largest but generally imports lesser quality. #US is largest importer of find #wine from #Greece #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass N general #US imported #greek #wines via greek diaspora of 50s & 60s so cheap Greek wine 4 classic diners N essence #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass by 90s had higher quality #greek #wines but international varieties like #Cabernet #chardonnay w/ lot of new oak #SOmmChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass Now 3rd stage in #US, small production #terroir driven #greek #wine for knowledgeable consumers and #Somms #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Dinonysi, What do you enjoy drinking when you’re not drinking #Greek #wine? #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Anything with a sense of place N #Italian Red, #Burgundy, #Austrian to name a few #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Q fr #SommChat #Somm can you discuss agability of #greek white #wine?

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: That depends on style more that if #greek or not. reductive fresh #wines R meant 2 B drunk early (like Sancerre) #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: it is criminal to drink #Santorini fresh #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: What should #greek wine express & why #Greece rather than any other place? #Sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: #Greece offers a balance of #varietal typicity, #terroir, traditional #winemaking & a history of at least 5000 yrs in winemaking #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll:while more complex wines like #Santorini R #Sitia in #crete are built 4 the long haul #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: That is not something that is easily reproduced & that's a lot in your glass #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Besides Ouzo, what spirits are popular in Greece? #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: @winecompass typically #greeks drink #Scotch #bourbon & #Whiskey #SomMChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Time to wrap up! Hope U enjoyed talking abt #Wine w/ Dionysi Grevenitis of @DNSWines, on #SommChat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Great to have Dionysi Grevenitis of @DNSWines join us today for #SommChat. We hope everyone learned as much as we did! #WW

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: Please join us in thanking Dionysi Grevenitis of @DNSWines for his time on #SommChat

WineCompass @winecompass: Thanks Dionysi #sommchat

Richard Auffrey @RichardPF: .@keepercoll @DNSWines Thanks very much Dionysi! #sommchat

KeeperCollection @keepercoll: fr Dionysi Thx 2 all 4 UR questions - remember 2 be inquisitive & stay informed & that will lead U to #greek #wine ultimately #SomMChat

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