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The Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market Now “now offers the largest selection of Greek wine and beer in DC”

by Prince Of Petworth November 23, 2015 at 10:05 pm 6 Comments

1717 Connecticut Ave, NW

From a press release:

“A little over two years since opening in October of 2013, The Mediterranean Way Gourmet Market located in Dupont Circle, announces it has added Mediterranean sourced beer and wine to their product offering. The market best known for its olive oil and balsamic vinegar bar, now offers the largest selection of Greek wine and beer in DC. Their product offering also includes selections from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and plan to add selections from a few other countries.

Niko Adamopoulos, who along with his wife Oana make up the husband and wife owner team of The Mediterranean Way, developed the beer-wine list, and is now selling wines from many of the wine producers he was working with and met during his time working as a wine consultant in Greece. Their list includes many wines featured at some of the best Greek and Mediterranean restaurants in DC including: Komi, Zaytinya, The Iron Gate, Kellari, and Kapnos.

“I hope we can help spread the word about the quality and uniqueness of Greek wines to Washington, DC, and help people discover why Greek wines featuring grapes such as Assyrtiko and Xinomavro are fast becoming commonplace on some of the world’s best restaurant wine lists” says Niko.

The Mediterranean Way plans to show off their new product offerings by hosting a Greek wine tasting Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22, from 1pm-5pm.”

  • There are a handful of exceptions, but Greek wine is surprisingly awful, given how good most of the other Mediterranean wines are. The few better quality wines they have they don’t typically export.

    • Irving Streete

      I would violently disagree, and feel that somehow a cultured young man like yourself much have been consciously mislead by some evil force to have you reach this conclusion. While the plonk one gets from a barrel in the basement of an Athenian taverna can range from delicious to undrinkable, most of the wine that makes it to these shores is pretty drinkable and much of it tasty for the price. From the floral Peloponnesian Moschofileros to the burly Xinomavros to the quite tasty and unusually affordable sweet Muscats of Lesbos, Greek wines can be quite delightful and a fun change of pace.

      • In my previous career I represented quite a lot of Greek wines, and I’ve had more than my fair share in Greece at various wineries. You’re certainly entitled to your own opinion, but I think comparatively they are at the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, and I can say that confidently after tasting many more of them than the average person.

        • Irving Street

          I spent a couple of months in Greece and went through a lot of local wines and came away rather impressed (with my caveat regarding taverna wine).. I generally quite like them and find them well-priced — perhaps the wine directors at various restaurants (I rarely see anything interesting in stores) are doing the hard work of filtering through the plonk.

          • Admittedly there are exceptions and some good wines do come through, but I asked several winemakers point blank why some of the stuff I was tasting there exceeded what we were selling back in the US and they said similar comments to the tone of “why would we give the good stuff to anyone else?” (especially considering the relatively small production numbers that most of them have)

      • Accountering

        This comment…. was a lot. I am just going to leave it at that :)


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