Wine and Water

This afternoon (May 16) was classically Grecian.  After we left the Vravrona Museum, we rode the bus to the Domaine Papagiannakos winery in Attica.  We were lucky enough to have a wine testing led by our guide from the American Hellenic University.

But first, a tour of the winery:

The vines that supply Domaine Papagiannakos

The vines that supply Domaine Papagiannakos

Shiny shiny fermentation vessels

Shiny shiny fermentation vessels

Casks - French and American oak

Casks – French and American oak

Rosemary, lavender and oregano hedges!

Rosemary, lavender and oregano hedges – heavenly!

After the tour, we sat in a lovely and gracious space and were schooled on how not to drink like barbarians …

Dat view, though ...

Dat view, though …

… and tasted wines from Malagouzia to Retsina to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Rough work, this wine tasting.

Rough work, this wine tasting.

Once we’d finished enjoying our wine, we enjoyed a fantastic seafood meal.  At the very European lunch time of 4:00 pm, we settled in at a clifftop restaurant and submitted ourselves to Tala and the restauranteur.  The mussels were by far the best I’ve ever had.

Oh, and there was ouzo.

Oh, and there was ouzo.

Fun in the sun, with bird

Fun in the sun, with bird

Grecian blue toes and the Aegean Sea

Grecian blue toes and the Aegean Sea

Finally, we topped off the day with a visit to the Temple of Poseidon, which we could see at the top of the hill from our beach.

Poseidon: the god of the sea

Poseidon: the god of the sea

Some grouse make their home at the temple.  We enjoyed their presence and their commentary as much as we did the monument.

Now I know where we get the word "grousing."

Now I know where we get the word “grousing.”

What a day!  It was packed, and it was wonderful.

Poseidon's temple, surrounded by sea and sky

Poseidon’s temple, surrounded by sea and sky

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