Adventures with Weird Wine Grapes

There are 1,368 varieties covered in Master of Wine Jancis Robinson's Wine Grapes. Bet you can't try them all.

Moschofilero: Light and Lovely White Wine for a Late-Summer Evening

Note from the author: There are 1,368 varieties covered in Wine Grapes by MW Jancis Robinson, MW Julia Harding, and Dr. Jose Vouillamoz. Let's try them all.

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2012 Domaine Skouras Moschofilero: light, lively and lovely with a late-summer salad. [Photo: Stevie Stacionis]

Recipe for a late summer night's eve when you have too many tomatoes on hand, and it's too damn hot, and you've been too busy and are too exhausted and entirely too overwhelmed to cook much of anything...

Thinly slice a bit of red onion and marinate in the juice of half a lemon. Chop some heirloom tomatoes, bell pepper, ripe peach, and cucumber. Tear up some fresh herbs and toss all ingredients together. Finish with crumbled feta, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Serve with a crusty baguette and a very large glass of peachy-lemony 2012 Skouras Moschofilero.

There's a reason this "aromatic, high-acid Greek variety" has, as Wine Grapes mentions, "seen a surge in popularity and plantings in the last twenty years": it's delicious.

The super-floral scent, lit up with lilies and passion fruit, transitions onto the palate with ultra-refreshing citrus flavors and big acidity that stands right up to this salad's lemon juice, tomatoes, and pungent herbs. Like Wine Grapes says, "Wines [from the Moschofilero grape] are generally light-bodied, fresh and relatively low in alcohol—often around 11%"—which means you can say yes to another glass and savor the minimal kitchen clean up while you cool down, calm down, rest up and rejuvenate for tomorrow.

2012 Domaine Skouras Moschofilero
The Grape: Moschofilero
The Region: Peloponnese, Greece
The importer: Diamond Wine Importers
Retail Price: $16

About the Author: Stevie Stacionis is a wine writer and Certified Sommelier based in San Francisco. She's currently drinking her way through the 1,368 varieties included in the new Wine Grapes tome. Follow her on Twitter @StevieStacionis and check out her snobbery-free wine videos at A Drinks With Friends TV.

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