Is St. Nikolaus A Holiday?
Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:23 PM
On the way back when passing Venerato I remembered our local (Italian) friend Augusto had told me, that you could get some very good wine in Venerato. We drove back and forth and asked everybody about "Kantina", "Krassi" etc. but nobody seemed to know. Finally, we ended in Dafnes nearby, having seen a sign indicating a 'winery' there and also here there was no sign of anything remotely similar to a winery. Well, we never give up so looking through the small and very dirty windows to some sort of magazine near the platia we managed to see that there were a lot of bottles inside. So we found the mother of the owner who kindly called her son on the telephone to tell him that he had customers. When inside the magazine we noticed several diplomas on the wall. Amazing, a greek winery had won the first price for best wine IN ITALY!! So, just for trying, we bought 10 litres of red and 10 litres of white from Mr. Douloufakis and we are looking forward to testing it in the near future to see whether it's worth coming back for more. The price was very decent: approx. 1,20 Euro for the red and a little under 1 euro for the wine - per litre. I will keep you posted on this very important issue!
Posted 06 December 2006 - 04:49 PM
As regards to the very serious topic of wine we hope the taste was worth your efforts - just imagine how surprised he will be when his customer base shoots up as forum members readers add his wine to their shopping list!! I hope you told him you had influence over so many people when negotiating the price!
Posted 06 December 2006 - 05:53 PM
I have tasted the Douloufakis wines and some of them are very good. The son of the Douloufakis family has studied oenology in Italy. Last February there was an article in Crete Gazette about a wine tasting night with Douloufakis wines in Heraklion: http://www.cretegaze...ine-tasting.php
Posted 06 December 2006 - 08:32 PM
Posted 07 December 2006 - 12:35 AM
Nothing wrong with a good vinegar though a good cook needs one.
Posted 07 December 2006 - 09:25 AM
Ton, a moment of patience and I will let you know about the wine. It's a bit too early in the day to start drinking wine! Anyway, the wine we chose was according to Mr. Douloufakis - actually the guy pictured in the article in the Crete Gazette - "a good everyday wine" and it is sold in carton boxes with 10 or 20 litres. Compared to the local wine down here which they sell in used plastic water bottles for 2 euro a litre it simply cannot be worse!
Posted 07 December 2006 - 10:48 AM
C'mon let us know we're all waiting.
It's not the number of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 12:42 AM
the mystery of the closed supermarkets has been solved. They are in the area of Gazi, which is a different town than Heraklion and their patron saint is Saint Nikolaos, so on December 6 everything was closed in that area.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 09:09 AM
Posted 08 December 2006 - 11:46 AM
Im at work even if is Holiday for Italy.
Is it sunny in Pitsidia, Dinny?
Here is foggy unfortunately.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 09:55 PM
Posted 11 December 2006 - 08:15 PM
It was my birthday..
Posted 16 December 2006 - 07:15 PM
I have stored so I'm safe till next year (ehm, something around 2nd of January!), then we'll just make another trip to Dapnes.
Makro was open today, but although it has EVERYTHING it is a disappointment as far as prices are concerned. No need to drive all the way to Heraklion unless you really need that special thing you can't find elsewhere (Everything in liquours, but no Calvados though!). Prices are exactly the same as in the local Marinopolos. Except for meat, you will find some good offers there.
Carrefour was more exiting, mainly because it had stuff you wouldn't find elsewhere. Great cheese department, makes you sick to have to make a selection since you can't buy them all! Found Red cabbish for the Christmas dinner (a MUST with a Danish pork roast!), a lot of different mustards, also my favourite. But NO bernaise sauce... sigh sigh... and, of course, no "SILD" (Danish for marinated herings), would have to go to IKEA in Athens for that, but I will probably have to survive this Christmas without it.
Consider yourself updated! :-)