THE EVENT

A tasting journey through the most prestigious sites and vineyards of Greece, by tasting six compelling wines from old vintages, rare bottlings and top quality viticulture and winemaking. Every guest will be provided with a lovely info-kit on Greek wine with maps, smart info-graphics and other details.

The Masterclass will be followed by a tailor-made Wine & Food pairing dinner at Varoulko Seaside, an exceptional Michelin-star restaurant with a wonderful Seaview just 25’ from the center of Athens. Celebrity Chef Lefteris Lazarou has crafted six compelling dishes to enhance the pleasure of these rare beauties.

Gregory Kontos DipWSET conducts this compelling culinary experience. He is a Greek Wine Writer, Educator and Consultant and has a passion for fine wine and everything that revolves around it.

A sensational experience that you will remember for years.

DETAILS

PART A
GREEK WINE DIAMONDS – The Masterclass

  • A conducted Seminar of six artisanal, ultra-premium Greek wines from old vintages
  • We will taste the wines together, will understand their structure and learn more about their background stories
  • Varied Wine Styles will be offered (sparkling, whites, reds, sweet)
  • Wine Maps, Smart Infographics and Technical Sheets will be provided to every participant in an illustrated, printed booklet
  • Wines served by experienced sommeliers
  • Private Room used exclusively

PART B
GREEK WINE DIAMONDS – The Dinner

  • A Food & Wine pairing Dinner in 6 stages / courses
  • Each dish will be served along its perfect wine matching
  • Restaurant next to the sea with outstanding views to the Marina
  • One of four Michelin-awarded Restaurants of Athens
  • Dishes created by celebrity chef Lefteris Lazarou
  • Wines served by experienced sommeliers
  • Top class service

Info booklet - Download link

THE MENU

Red mullet tartar with sparkling wine jelly
Amalia Vintage Tselepos 2015

Clams on Assyrtiko wine sauce, lime zest and celeriac mousse
Estate Argyros Santorini Assyrtiko 2014

Black, cuttlefish ink risotto
Chardonnay Gerovassiliou 2014

Slice of grouper or John Dory with Grevena beans cream, Chorizo and celery sauce
Terra Petra Rapsani 2012

Tender beef cheeks with sweet potato purée
Papaioannou Microclima Nemea 2006

Chocolate Brownies with Valhrona Ιllanka (63%) chocolate cremeux, Greek coffee namelaka and red fruit sorbet
Argyros Estate 12 y.o. Santorini Vinsanto 2002

VENUE

Varoulko Seaside, Piraeus

It was in 1987 when Varoulko restaurant (its name translating into winch) was born in Piraeus. Along with it came a new style of seafood cooking created by Lefteris Lazarou. Lazarou was the first chef in Greece to cook a seafood menu at a fine dining restaurant and to introduce the public to less known and previously neglected types of fish. Many of his dishes became very successful and are still recognized as all-time classics.

Lefteris Lazarou never stopped being innovative in his cooking. His imagination, his influences from his previous travels and the time he spent as a galley cook, together with his accomplished technique lead to new exciting dishes and to flavors that were rich yet elegantly complex. Lazarou received a great number of awards through the years.

The most important recognition though and the one that contributed to his worldwide recognition had already come in the form of a Michelin star in 2002 –the first one ever awarded to a chef serving Greek cuisine. Lazarou holds his star since then. Today he has a team with great experience including Chef de cuisine Ioannis Parikos.

SPEAKER

I love wine.

I just love this divine liquid!

And I want to share my passion with you. I want to have you taste wines that are truly unique, hand-crafted, from extremely low yields. I have managed to source old vintage bottles directly from the wineries and private cellars that are difficult to find in the market. The wines come from selected plots with age-old vines, high altitude sites and even phylloxera-free vineyards. These are the ‘Greek Wine Diamonds’.

What inspired this event?

Most WSET-qualified wine educators focus in educating the trade, sommeliers and other professionals. It is not easy to find high-end tastings available to consumers, or visitors of Greece. Since I started my career as a mere consumer of wine, I want to open this magic door to more and more people. Wine –even of this class– is for the people anyway. ‘Greek Wine Diamonds’ is a premium wine Masterclass followed by a wine & food pairing dinner.

The quality level of these wines demanded a similarly outstanding venue. Thus, I have chosen Michelin-starred restaurant Varoulko, run by prestigious chef Lefteris Lazarou. Mr. Lazarou is the first ever Greek chef to have received a Michelin Star and is considered one of the most influential chefs in Greece ever. Varoulko is located in Piraeus Mikrolimano, a small harbor with fishing and sailing boats just 20-25’ from the center of Athens.

This is a truly unforgettable experience that you will remember for years!

I will be happy to see you there.

Gregory Kontos, DipWSET
Wine Educator

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We accept bookings of 6 - 20 people, either corporate or private.

  • Location: Varoulko Seaside, Akti Koumoundourou 52, Piraeus 104 35
  • Speaker: Gregory Kontos DipWSET
  • Overall duration: 3-4 hours
  • Ticket: € 240 per person (6-8 people) / € 199 per person (9+ people)
  • Language: English or Greek
  • Dates: Flexible, upon arrangement

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