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In this episode the eloquent and very knowledgeable Anna Dimitriadis takes us on a tour through Greek history to explore wine’s role in culture. Anna is an accomplished wine educator and wine professional in Greece and the perfect person to guide us on this fascinating journey. Wine has an almost inextricable relationship with Greece. Although wine was not first made here, Greece is the place where it really took hold as an integral part of human culture. Winemaking reached maturity in ancient Greece. In other cultures such as the Assyrian and Egyptian it had been reserved for the elite and for religious purposes. But then Dionysus, the extravagant party-loving God of wine made his way to the pantheon of the 12 main Greek gods on Mount Olympus. Dionysus was not about to keep the party isolated up on Mt Olympus and he made wine available to regular mortals and encouraged them to soothe the challenges of life with wine and companionship. And so began the democratization of wine, the commencement of a commercial industry and, eventually, the spread of Greek wine grapes and winemaking skills through the Mediterranean.
My Cava’s website is www.mycava.gr The site contains information on a range of Greek and international wines and links to the educational programs provided by Anna Dimitriadis and her team.