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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Alpha Estate 2008 Alpha One Unfiltered Merlot (Florina)

  1. $59
This Merlot from one of Greece’s most exciting producers offers aromas of plum, black cherry and vanilla on the nose, followed by smooth, integrated flavors of black fruit, cinnamon, pepper and a spin of mint on the finish. Layered and elegant, with good acidity for food pairing.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Tsantali 2010 Reserve Red (Rapsani)

  1. $23
This appealing red starts with a nose bursting with exotic tobacco, cocoa and red berries, followed by a juicy palate of black fruit, cocoa and sweet smoke. The oak is obvious here, offering vanilla and spicy notes, but the round fruit character keeps the wine in check. Elegant and fun.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Hatzimichalis 2008 Kapnias Vineyard Zygos Cabernet Sauvignon (Atalanti Valley)

  1. $24
Aromas of red fruit, vanilla and cigarbox start this Cabernet Sauvignon from Greece. Its flavors are rich but balanced—cinnamon, cedar, cherry and savory spice—and the wine finishes clean and dry. Elegant with ageable potential.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Chatzivariti 2010 Staphylus Xinomavro-Cabernet Sauvignon Red (Slopes of Paiko)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $22
This Xinomavro/Cabernet blend is elegant and approachable, with aromas of vanilla, tobacco and allspice and flavors of black cherry, cigarbox and wild black fruits. Integrated and smooth, with a leather spin on the end. Pair with grilled, spiced meats or ripe cheeses.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Estate Biblia Chora 2007 Ovilos Red (Pangeon)

  1. $55
Blueberry, vanilla and cedar aromas start this rich, luxuriant red. On the palate, savory cigarbox and caramel flavors meld with bright red fruits and sweet vanilla. The wine finishes dry and will pair beautifully with lamb and beef dishes.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Papaioannou 2005 Microclima Agiorgitiko (Nemea)

  1. $40
This is a delicious example of what Agiorgitiko should be—complex but delicate, fresh but full of flavor. The nose starts with vibrant cassis, cherry and plum aromas, followed by flavors of blackcurrant, pepper, cherry and cinnamon that are rounded and layered. The wine ends with a lively mineral spin.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Greek Wine Cellars 2011 Assyrtico (Santorini)

  • Best Buy
  1. $14
Fresh, clean and elegant aromas of citrus and flowers start this classic Assyrtiko. On the palate, balanced flavors of lemon, sea salt and white fruits offer food-friendly, quaffable character. A fantastic house wine.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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Estate Biblia Chora 2009 Biblinos Oenos Red (Pangeon)

  1. $35
Blackberry, plum, balsamic and leather aromas give this red blend an indigenous, masculine character. On the palate, a heady blend of tobacco, spice and pomegranate flavors are buoyed by balanced acidity. Pair with grilled meats, hearty soups, or charred dishes.  — S.K.  (3/1/2014)
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