After a year of fruitless searching, I determined that our next best approach might be to stuff our suitcases full of bottles acquired during our annual trip. So, last summer, we did just that. Thank goodness for my husband's packing abilities, without which it's quite possible many of our belongings would have been left behind for the sake of those bottles. Of course reality set in when, wanting to share our wine with friends, we consumed all of our loot within a few weeks. With my illusions of easy imports dispelled, I abandoned my pursuit of Peloponnesian wines.
That is, until serendipitously, my friend LeAndra, the writer behind "Love & Flour", organized a wine pairing dinner for our blogger group at Corkbuzz, a recently opened restaurant and wine bar in Charlotte (read about our fabulous five course pairing here). During our dinner, I learned to my great delight, that the restaurant's wine cellar included two Peloponnesian wines: a Moschofilero from Domaine Skouras in Nemea and an Agiorgitiko from Monemvasia Winery in Monemvasia. Better yet, I could buy them! Timing and luck most definitely played a role in this discovery, although I might also mention that Corkbuzz is co-owned by Master Sommelier Laura Maniec, a title and level of wine knowledge possessed by fewer than 250 worldwide.
Although I may never manage to get my hands on that special rosé when not in Greece, my Corkbuzz discovery reinvigorated my desire to pursue Peloponnesian wines. With our annual trip just a few weeks away comes another opportunity to explore the region's vineyards. Armed with my newly found optimism, I have begun planning several winery visits. This time though, I will hopefully manage to turn my Greek wine crushes into longterm relationships as opposed to fleeting summer flings.