5 Refreshing Wines for Summer

Summer in Cyprus once again shows us how extremely hot it can get. Everyone is begging for some shade and a cold, refreshing drink. This is the time to enjoy that fruity, white wine at the beach and that crisp rose at the barbecue. 

These are some of the wines that will help you power through the heat. Enjoy!

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Amalthia 2017 (Xynisteri)

Amalthia is a medium body, crisp, dry wine with flavors of citrus fruit, peach, apricot, citrus flowers, and green apple. This is a wine you can enjoy by itself on a hot summer day or with seafood dishes such as grilled sea bream, grilled octopus and seared baby squid with parsley.

Amalthia is produced entirely from the indigenous grape variety Xynisteri, Cyprus’s most planted white grape variety. Fikardos Winery sources all its Xynisteri grapes from the region of Paphos and more specifically the villages Koili, Kalepia, Stroumpi and Choulou.

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Iocasti 2017 (Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz)

Iocasti is a medium body, dry rose wine with flavors of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and raspberries. A very refreshing rose you can enjoy with a wide variety of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes. Iocasti pairs nicely with tuna and salmon nigiri, Cypriot fish meze, spinach strawberry and walnut salad and grilled chicken souvlaki.

Iocasti is a blend of three grape varieties, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Mataro / Mourvedre is a very powerful grape variety that loves warm climates. Mataro offers fresh red fruit flavors to the wine, Cabernet Sauvignon brings in more delicate notes (strawberry) while Shiraz gives it more structure and cherry flavors. All the grapes used for this wine are located in the Paphos region (Pano Arodes private vineyards) Kalepia, Polemi and Koili village).

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 Katerina 2017 (Xynisteri and Semillon)

Katerina is a medium sweet, white wine with flavors of pineapple, banana, pomelo and melon. This is a very light wine that most people enjoy as an aperitif. If you now wish to pair it with food try out spicy dishes such as, red lentil curry, satay chicken and pineapple cucumber salad.

Katerina is produced from two grape varieties, Xynisteri and Semillon. On one hand we have the beautiful floral and citrus fruit flavors of Xinisteri and on the other hand the more tropical fruit flavors of Semillon. All the grapes used for Katerina come from the region of Paphos (Koili, Choulou and Kallepia villages)

Katerina was one of  Mr. Theodoros Fikardos first wines and was named after his mother and mother-in-law.

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Valentina 2017 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Shiraz, Carignan)

Valentina is a medium sweet rose wine with beautiful strawberry, pomegranate, cherry and rose flower flavors. A medium body wine you can enjoy by itself but also with sweet and spicy dishes. Thy Valentina with dishes like, rock shrimp tempura, fish with sweet chili sauce, tandoori chicken, madras curry chicken or simply watermelon and Halloumi.

Valentina is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro, Shiraz and Carignan. Cabernet Sauvignon been the main grape variety is the one responsible for the intense strawberry and pomegranate flavors. All grapes used for the Valentina are sourced entirely from the Paphos region.

This was also one of the first wines Mr. Theodoros produced and was named after his daughter (first child). The rose color symbolized his baby girl and the sweetness his love.

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Fikardos Spourtiko 2017 (Single Vineyard)

Fikardos Spourtiko is a very light dry wine with green apple, key lime, grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. A very refreshing wine you can enjoy as an aperitif but also with light dishes such as green salad with honey-olive vinaigrette, apple and kale salad and simple spiced carrot and apple Sticks.

Fikardos Spourtiko is produced entirely from the indigenous grape variety Spourtiko. The grapes were sourced by only one, small vineyard in Koili village. Only 1500 bottles of this unique wine where produced.

Fikardos Winery was the first winery back in 2005 to produce wine from the Spourtiko grape.

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