Episode 10: Retsina

Product: Achaia Clauss brand Retsina
Alcohol Content: 11% ABV
Location Purchased: NH Liquor Store
Price Paid: $9.49

Ancient Greece has given us many wonderful things. The Socratic method. The Iliad. Aeschylus. The Pythagorean Theorem. And wine. Glorious, wonderful wines sealed in elaborately decorated clay jars. But as we know all too well, not all wines are created equal.

Enter retsina, a wine both loved and despised by people all around the world. Retsina was developed during the time of Homer as a way to prevent spoilage (or to mask the taste of spoiled wine). Wine was poured into a clay jar, which was then sealed with pitch or resin to keep out insects, dirt, and what-have-you. While in storage, the wine would take on the smell of the resin, and a unique variety of wine was created that remains popular in Greece even today.

As with all types of wine, not all bottles are created equal. And while we usually strive to pick the worst possible thing to taste, it turns out we accidentally picked up a pretty nice bottle of retsina for this episode. According to this article, Achaia Clauss non-vintage Retsina Appellation Traditionelle is actually a pretty respectable option when it comes to buying retsina stateside. Truth be told, it was the only option available at the local liquor store.

Alright. Enough talk. Let’s get to the funny stuff.

3 responses to “Episode 10: Retsina

  1. aaahhhh, Retsina…I used to really like it! But I have one for you which I will email to you…or maybe even buy it. Have I ever tossed an entire bottle of Champagne? Well, I just did! It should be a good one to review!

  2. Retsina is widely available here too, and is also always placed on the bottom shelf. Draw your own conclusions.

  3. You are very knowledgable and i’m lookin forward to read more of your articles. And i learned a lot, simply awesome and thank you once again.

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