Thursday, June 12, 2014

A New Day for Cyprus Wine?

As part of the financial haircut imposed on The Rock by Troika, the Cypriot government abolished the Cyprus Wine Products Council, thereby marking an end to the island's annual wine competition. I always looked forward to this event, maybe because it gave me an excuse to taste wines and write about them, maybe because deep down I longed for an invite to the shindig as a guest comedian blogger. Albeit, that invitation was never mailed, and I can only imagine what went down while everyone got it on with Mademoiselle Maratheftiko et al.

Fortunately enough, a week ago (June 4th to the 7th) the Municipality of Limassol took on the responsibility and hosted a new rendition of the Cyprus Wine Competition at the Panos Solomonides Cultural Center. The event was open to the public and awarded Grand Gold, Gold and Silver medals to dozens of Cypriot wines. Unable to attend given the longish drive and Little Miss Despot's need for Papa, I scoured the web in search of the results. A few wineries posted their awarded wines on Facebook but nowhere could I find an event website listing its procedures, participants, winners, etc. In this day and age, it makes very little sense to have a negligible online presence so I hope that by next year a website is up and running. Heck, if the powers that be need a blogger/writer to set it up, I'm all yours. However, if my rudimentary research skills failed me and there is in fact some sort of web presence for the competition, feel free to pelt me with ripe grapes and guide me in the right direction.

In any case, my blogging/Twitter friends at Evoinos Cyprus Wine (whom I assume were in attendance) posted and shared the results with me. Here's a snazzy table listing the victors.

Grand Gold
Kyperounda Chardonnay 2013
Etko St. Nicholas Commandaria 2009
K&K Vasilikon Winery Methi 2009
Loel Alasia Commandaria 2007
Ayia Mavri Mosxatos 2012
Keo Cabernet Sauvignon/Blanc Rosé 2013

Keo St. John Commandaria
Vouni Panayia Barba Yiannis 2012

Vlassides Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Makkas Syrah 2011

Ayia Mavri Mosxatos 2011
Vlassides Shiraz 2012

Kyperounda Shiraz 2012
Kyperounda Petritis Xynisteri 2013

Dafermou White 2013
Erimoudes Athina 2013

Kyperounda Epos Red 2011
Yiaskouris White 2013

Makkas Chardonnay 2013
Constantinou Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Constantinou Shiraz 2011
Tsiakkas Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Makkas Maratheftiko 2011
Kyperounda Rosé 2013

Keo Xynisteri 2013
K&K Vasilikon Winery Vasilikon 2013

Kyperounda Epos White 2013

Vlassides White 2013

Constantinou Ayioklima Xynisteri 2013

Tsiakkas Xynisteri 2013

Let's just say I'm really looking forward to trying the 2013 Kyperounda Winery Chardonnay. Happy drinking, people, and #VamosEcuador #SiSePuede #LittleMissDespotLovesAV25.

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