Susan Kostrzewa

Susan Kostrzewa

Executive Editor

Reviews wines from Greece and Cyprus.

Executive Editor Susan Kostrzewa joined Wine Enthusiast in 2006, when she moved from Sonoma, California, to Manhattan. Kostrzewa has written and edited wine, food and travel stories for the past 12 years, and in addition to editing Wine Enthusiast Magazine and WineMag.com, currently reviews wines from Greece and Cyprus. She also co-edited the Wine Enthusiast Wine & Food Pairings cookbook. Additionally, Kostrzewa has authored books on literary travel and contributed to the recently published wine guide, Opus Vino.

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Domaine Gerovassiliou 2013 Single Vineyard Malagousia (Epanomi)

  1. $23

Zippy, fresh aromas of citrus and white fruit lead the nose. Ripe fruit balanced by good acidity and a lingering, luscious finish make this an exemplary Greek pour. Pair with poultry, grilled seafood or enjoy as an apéritif.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
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Pavlidis 2009 Emphasis Syrah (Drama)

  1. $45

Savory, smoky aromas and a refined array of leather, cigarbox and smoke-tinged red berry gives this wine an ageable, bold edge. This is a food wine with pedigree and could pair with everything from marinara pizza and burgers to rack of lamb or sirloin.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
91
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Tselepos 2011 Classic Agiorgitiko (Nemea)

  1. $22

Cedar, berries and tobacco on the nose of this elegant red give it a moody appeal. On the palate, cherry, mocha and smoke prevail. This wine has dimension and class.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
91
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Alpha Estate 2010 Axia Syrah-Xinomavro Red (Florina)

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  1. $18

Vanilla, black cherry and cinnamon on the nose lead the aromas of this exotic red. On the palate, a good red fruit and spice balance offers layers of cherry, plum and cedar. Likeable and a good introduction to Xinomavro.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
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Claudia Papayianni 2013 Alexandra Malagouzia (Chalkidiki)

  1. $20

This refined Malagouzia starts with a fleshy peach and melon nose, followed by pronounced flavors of peach, citrus and spice on the palate. Balanced and pretty, the fruit tones linger on the finish.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
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Claudia Papayianni 2013 Ex'arnon Sauvignon Blanc-Assyrtiko White (Chalkidiki)

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  1. $16

Sea salt and fresh white flowers lead the nose of this light, aromatic white. On the palate, the wine is focused and fresh, with a swash of sea salt and clean, brisk fruit on the finish. Pair with grilled seafood and salads.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
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Skouras 2013 Zoe White (Peloponnese)

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  1. $12

This blend of Roditis and Moscofilero offers floral, flirty aromas and a palate that’s both fresh and layered. Flavors of lemon, violet and orange are rounded but balanced by lively acidity.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
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Athiná 2012 Assyrtico (Santorini)

  1. $19

This full-bodied Assyrtico offers aromas of pineapple, citrus and spice on the nose, while the palate brings layers of fruit, minerals and lemon. Delicious with a good acidity, imagine this white with grilled chicken or fish.

 — S.K.  (8/1/2015)
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