Greece hasn’t had a very good summer. Even with Greece not exiting the Euro, there is still a long way to go to rebuild and strengthen the country’s economy. One of the main ways the country can do that is by exporting more of their goods across the globe, but that is much harder than it might seem. Although the country is one of the first to make wine and olive oil, both of these products have been dominated over the past decades by other countries – France, Italy, Spain. Sadly, these aren’t products many people think of when they think of Greece, and that’s a real shame, because the country is producing delicious olive oil and wine.

So if you want to help the Greek economy, drink Greek wine. That’s the outlook we took when we opened a bottle of Alpha Estate Xinomavro 2010. Regarded by many as the country’s best red wine, Xinomavro has many similarities to Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, producing a wine that has a nice amount of acidity, which is perfect for the heat of August. So if you’re a fan of Burgundy or Barolo, this is a great wine for you to try.

In the glass, the wine was on the darker side as far as Xinomavro goes – many of these wines can have a brickish hue – but it was full of ripe cherries and strawberries on the nose. When sipped, the acidity of the wine was immediately present as well as the flavors of tart cherries. This is the perfect wine for fresh summer salads, salmon and chicken souvlaki. Plus every sip supports Greece – well at least that’s what you should tell yourself as you enjoy this delicious bottle.

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Alpha Estate Xinomavro 2010 was provided to VinePair as a sample.