Monday, April 24, 2006

Pindar's Pythagoras

Dominique and I recently opened up a bottle of Pindar Pythagoras. Pindar's red blend is an interesting proposition.

A very special red wine crafted geometrically by Pindar's master winemaker for the expressed use of their proprietor to celebrate Pindar's 15th anniversary. A non vintage -rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Dry, complex, a subtle fruity bouquet dominates the palate. Called Pindar's "Mini-Mythology."

Pindar, the name derived from the great Hellenic poet from Sparta , was founded in 1979 by the entrepreneurial Dr. Herodotus "Dan" Damianos. Starting off with just thirty acres of uncultivated land, Dr. Damianos envisioned the grand possibilities for his fledgling vineyard. His dream is being actualized for the ever expanding Pindar currently encompasses nearly 550 acres of prime viticultural property and is Long Island 's largest same family owned vineyard. Sixteen different vinifera varieties are grown at Pindar including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and lesser known varieties such as Viognier and Syrah. Pindar produces over 60,000 cases of fine varietal wines. Today, Dr. Dan and his three sons, Alex, Jason and Pindar Damianos, work together on all aspects of the business at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic.

All this goes to say, we opened a bottle of Pythagoras the other night as my wife, a Philadelphia Flyers fan, and I watched a hockey playoff game. We sipped this very nice table red, as she cheered. And we sipped some more. Nice, bright flavors, and a elegant finish. Being a Rangers fan, I was already let down by their play earlier in the day, but Pythagoras really helped bring a smile to my face before the night was out.

Try a bottle the next time you go to your favorite BYOB restaurant. You'll defintely be glad you did.