Top Greek-related News Articles – Week of March 20-26

Check out our staff’s top picks of Greek-related news articles we’ve seen on the internet.

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Our staff’s top picks for Greek-related news articles this week:


Uncharted Terroir: Discover Europe’s up-and-coming wine regions

This March, we’re taking you on a tour of the Old World, with a focus on how traditional European dishes are influencing modern cuisine.

Whether you’re looking for a good value or simply looking to get ahead of the curve, Europe’s up-and-coming wine regions deserve your full attention. Scattered across the map from Croatia to Moldova, countries all over Europe that might not necessarily come to mind as wine hubs are producing interesting wine that you’ll want to explore. Likewise, unknown regions in classic wine-producing countries like France, Spain and Italy are hitting the scene.

Here are 12 budding regions to pay attention to. Read more




Commentary: Bishop’s courageous protest in response to evil

Since November, our Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago has undertaken a major lobbying effort to gain official recognition by President Obama of the genocide taking place in Syria and Iraq. On Thursday, that became a reality with a historic announcement by Secretary of State John Kerry. That followed a unanimous bipartisan vote by the House of Representatives and previous support from the European Union, Pope Francis, and others. Read more





Greek cuisine and Nikolaos Tselementes: Visit the birthplace of the nation’s Mrs Beeton on Sifnos

In a pretty little Cycladic village of whitewashed houses, along a narrow crazy-paved alley behind a blue-domed church, is the birthplace of Greek cooking as we know it. This traditional home, its light-grey door flanked by huge palm trees, was the home of Nikolaos Tselementes, whose name is in Greek synonymous with “cookbook”.  Read more



Vineyards of Crete: Visiting the Source

In 1952, Minos became the first producer on the island to bottle its wines; today its wines, from fine Malvasias to complex Cuvees, stand out for their strong personalities. There are several features that make a visit to theMiliarakis Winery in Peza especially rewarding, including a traditional wine museum and a special area for tastings and film screenings. Visitors are also welcome at the family’s old stone house in Saba, just outside Iraklio town. The house has a lovely terrace, where they can enjoy a view of the surrounding vineyards while sipping on the winery’s vintages. Read more



Pay Dirt: A rare and rich find 35 centuries in the making

“Better come. Hit bronze.”

That urgent text message thumbed by their trench supervisor brought University of Cincinnati archaeologists Sharon Stocker and Jack Davis racing on foot to a dig they were leading last summer in southwestern Greece.

The husband-and-wife team knew the message mattered. And because of it, they were among the very first to inspect a spouted, Bronze Age basin that had last been held by human hands 3,500 years ago. It was their first find in what turned out to be an unexpectedly rich tomb of a prehistoric warrior buried at the dawn of European civilization. Read more



Moschofilero: Centuries-old Greek white whispers with an enticing, subtly aromatic quality

It would be tempting to call moschofilero the best Greek grape you’ve never heard of. But if you’re like most non-Greeks, you would struggle to identify any variety from the country that taught ancient Rome, and by extension you and me, how to drink. Let’s call moschofilero No. 4 – after Greece’s Big Three, xinomavro and assyrtiko and agiorgitiko.

Like fourth-place finishers at the Olympics, moschofilero has received nowhere near the attention it deserved, at least not until recently. Generally crisp and light, the centuries-old white whispers with an enticing floral quality and a suggestion of fresh white table grape, often with nuances of gingery spice and bitter citrus rind. Read more

“Του Κόσμου τα Παράξενα Κρασιά” το νέο βιβλίο της Μαρίας Τζίτζη

Δεν είναι αλήθεια περίεργο ένα “πράσινο κρασί” να έχει χρώμα κόκκινο;

Και τι σημαίνει παγόκρασο; Κρασί της άμμου ή αχυρόκρασο;

Πως είναι δυνατό ένα σταφύλι να σαπίζει “ευγενικά” και το κρασί που στην συνέχεια προκύπτει να είναι τόσο καλό που να το προτιμούν οι βασιλιάδες; Read more


Rethinking Greece: Dimitris Tziovas on the Greek crisis & the Reinvention of Modern Greek Studies

Dimitris Tziovas is Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK and General Editor of Birmingham Modern Greek Translations. His publications include The Other Self: Selfhood and Society in Modern Greek Fiction (2003), Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700 (Editor, 2009), The Myth of the Generation of the Thirties: Modernity, Greekness and Cultural Ideology (in Greek:Ο μύθος της γενιάς του Τριάντα, Νεοτερικότητα, ελληνικότητα και πολιτισμική ιδεολογία, 2011), and Re-imagining the Past: Greek Antiquity and Modern Greek Culture (Editor, 2014). Read more


The Greece I know is more than its debt

I’m proud to be Greek-American.

“There are two kinds of people — Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.”

My fellow Greek-Americans almost certainly know this My Big Fat Greek Wedding quote by heart. If you’re anything like me, many of your awkward icebreaker exercises at the beginning of each school year related back to this movie. “Do you really spray Windex on everything?” “Does your family own a diner?” “Does your family roast lamb on a spit for holidays?” (The answers, by the way, are no, no, and only on Easter.) Read more

That’s it for this week! Check back next Saturday for a new list of our staff’s top picks for Greek-related news on the web. Be well!

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