Came back from a presentation of Greek wines last night that left us so excited we all went home to check Orbitz for cheap flights to Athens. It’s not just that the wines were all well-crafted and made sense to our palates, it’s that the presenter was incredibly enthusiastic: Theresa Paopao, wine director of Oleana Restaurant in Cambridge MA.
Recently returned from a trip with Diamond Imports, she led us through several whites and reds from the Peloponnese, Macedonia and Santorini regions, finishing with a traditional Santorini vinsanto.
Theresa was the first in the new Sommelier Series at Gordon’s Fine Wine & Culinary Center (Waltham MA). We tasted Sigalas, Alpha Estate, Karydas and Skouras, and this was by far the best collection of Greek wines I’ve seen in one place. Hope the next sommelier can live up to Theresa’s thorough prep and confident food pairing notes – as well as the passion to communicate that left her practically breathless at times.