St. John Commandaria is actually the oldest named wine in existence, perhaps as old as the Bible, It's from Cypress... It's made from two grapes, Mavron and Xynisteris that are dried on straw mats for a really really really long time and then they are pressed and they're made into this wine right here and put into a crazy looking bottle. It's actually a really great value considering the history.
It's great to have around the house. You can impress your friends with the crazy story and it's a fun alternative to a sherry or a port that is super versatile and will go really really well with Dark or Milk Chocolate
Hey, just wanted to say your post is generally very correct but its Cyprus *
If you are looking for a nice sweet red that isn't overpowering or syrupy, this is it. It is subtle enough to be served with dinner or dessert.
We have on occasion bought it for our church to be used for Communion. The priest has joked that it is so good that the Holy Spirit jumps right in.
I hope you enjoy it!
I am from Egypt, and of course Greek.i remember when I was a little girl my dad use to buy Commandaria all the time after the war in Egypt, Alexandria 1960 we moved to Montreal Canada and by then I was 17 years old I remember we had to go to the LIQUER STORE TO FIND IT IT WAS HARD AT FIRST BUT THEN FINALY WE GOT IT.AFTER A FEW YEARS all oF a suden we could not get it any longer and we were told they don't make it any more. A friend of mine mention HEY LOOK IN THE INTERNET,AND WOW there you are I will order a case when I go home since I am working now.
Thank God for internet, and Thank you Wine Chateau
Nice, full bodied sweet wine. Perfect for after dinner with desert or alone. Pleasing, rich aroma, similar to a nice sherry or port. Velvety smooth with notes of dried fruit clove and allspice. Probably would make a good mulled wine or wine/cider mix if you were so inclined. I suggest you just pour it in a glass and light a good cigar.
KEO’s Commandaria St. John is produced from a rare ancient indigenous grape variety, Xynisteri, whose grapes come from a denominated area, on the eastern slopes of Troodos mountain range, giving the wine an “Appellation of origin” status. The grapes grow in volcanic soils, poor and thin, thus producing a low yield but of good quality crop. The grapes are left to overripe and after harvesting they are exposed directly to the sun, on rooftops, to increase their sugar content. Fermentation is slow, at low temperatures, and the wine then ages in oak barrels at KEO’s isotherm cellars.