Retsina

The ancients’ Greek choice!

Retsina is a Greek, white or rosé, resinated wine, which has been produced and enjoyed by Greek people for more than 2.000 years.

retsinaIt is a unique spirit with a light aroma & taste and makes an excellent accompaniment for all types of Mediterranean cuisine. Pine resin dominates the aroma and flavor at first, but as the wine warms toward room temperature, hints of white fruit and floral notes begin to appear.

Its unique flavor is said to have originated from the practice of sealing wine vessels, particularly amphorae, with Aleppo Pine resin in ancient times. Before the invention of impermeable glass bottles, oxygen caused many wines to spoil within the year. Pine resin helped keep air out, while at the same time infusing the wine with resin aroma.

Today, retsina is a product of protected designation of origin (PDO) according to EU regulations and it is produced throughout the country, by following pretty much the same winemaking techniques like ancient Greeks did.

MLGFB Tip:

  • Retsina should be served extremely cold, and in wide, open glasses.
  • Lipped glasses will tend to trap the resinous aroma, rather than dissipating it like a wide mouthed glass will and this is an undesirable result, because the concentrated flavor can be rather intense.

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