Sometimes all you want is “a little smackeral of something” (as Winnie-the-Pooh would say) instead of a big meal, and this delightful grouping of foods certainly fills the bill.
Food: Spanokopita rolls [purchased frozen in a Greek market, or make it yourself], oil-cured olives, cherry tomatoes, loukanico [a Greek specialty made from lamb] sausage, artichoke spread, toasted baguette slices.
Wine: 2011 Gentilini Robola of Cephalonia. Robola is an indigenous white grape variety of Cephalonia, the largest of the Ionian Islands of Western Greece. The grapes are grown on the steep slopes of Mount Ainos. It is vinefied by the producer, Gentilini.
Tasting notes: The 2011 vintage is a beautiful golden color. Citrus notes are prominent in the bouquet, along with white flowers, honeysuckle and a hint of almond. A lovely combination. These flavors are echoed on the palate, and balanced with nice acidity and minerality.