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Stevenage - Fine wine dinner with Apostolos Thymiopoulos

16 Feb 2024 7:00 - 10:30 pm

Join us for a special 150th anniversary fine wine dinner with Apostolos Thymiopoulos.

Sale price: £150.00 per person
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We're thrilled to be joined by the 'Godfather of Xin', renowned Greek producer Apostolos Thymiopoulos for a special 150th anniversary fine wine dinner in our Members' Room, and we hope you will join us too.

A firm favourite at the Society, Apostolos' wines have been held in warranted high esteem for their elegance, complexity and how they put the spotlight on xinomavro and the terroir of Naoussa.

Members will enjoy a delicious five-course meal paired with a selection of wines presented by Apostolos and our buyer for Greece, Matthew Horsley.

The menu and wine selection for this dinner can be seen below.

Amuse Bouche

Spiced butternut squash Börek, with garlic and harissa oil

Starter

Baked kritharaki with tomatoes, olives and feta

Main

Braised beef stifado, served with oregano roasted potatoes

Vegetarian alternative

Braised mushroom stifado, served with oregano roasted potatoes

Cheese

A selection of Greek cheeses

The wines being shown for this dinner are;

Aperitif
Rosé de Xinomavro, Thymiopoulos 2022

Amuse Bouche
Rosé de Xinomavro, Thymiopoulos 2009

Starter
Xinomavro Jeunes Vignes, Thymiopoulos 2021
The Society's Exhibition Naoussa Xinomavro 2020

Main
Earth and Sky Naoussa, Thymiopoulos 2021
Earth and Sky Naoussa, Thymiopoulos 2010 en Magnum
Earth and Sky Naoussa, Thymiopoulos 2008 en Double Magnum

Cheese
Vrana Petra Xinomavro, Apostolos Thymiopoulos, Naoussa 2018

 

Apostolos Thymiopoulos, the current head of operations at the family winery, is described by many as the young star of Greek wine. The family has been growing grapes for generations, but it was Apostolos’ father that first began to do so commercially: he grew grapes to sell to local wineries, and took the task of cultivating good-quality grapes very seriously indeed.

His passion obviously rubbed off onto his son, who went on to study oenology in Athens. It was during his studies that he and the family began seriously experimenting with the xinomavro grape. They had been growing it for some years, but now they wanted to bring this indigenous northern Greek variety to the rest of the world in a new, modern, high-quality form. Apostolos released his first wine – the 2003 vintage – in 2005. Named Ghi Kai Uranos (‘earth and sky’), it possessed qualities similar to that of modern Barolo, with powerful, concentrated ripe fruit, excellent acidity and good ageing potential.

Whether traveling from near or far you will be greeted with a warm welcome and cool drink on arrival before you are led through an evening of food and wine discovery by way of a four-course meal with six matching wines.

Your palates will be teased and challenged and ultimately delighted as each wine pairing is meticulously planned to bring together seasonal produce with delicious wines from our 1,500+ wine list including rare treats from our stores of mature vintages.

Our friendly Tastings team will be on hand to guide you through the wines and dishes, offering fascinating insights into the wines, their producers and their winemaking practices, and chatting through why the food and wine pairings were chosen.

Join us for a night of tasty food, delicious wines and great company.

Do you send physical tickets or is it all e-tickets? 

We no longer send out physical tickets for our events. An email confirming registration will be sent to the member who has purchased the ticket(s) and this email can be used as confirmation upon arrival at the event.  

Can I bring a non-member? 

Yes. Tickets must be booked by a member, but you are welcome to bring non-member guests.

Do I need to know lots about wine to attend?

Absolutely not! Our events target a range of experience and knowledge levels, and we try to make this clear on our event pages. If you’re unsure if an event is for you, simply contact tastings@thewinesociety.com and we will try to help.

Do I get a discount on wines after events?

After our ‘in person’ events, we offer attendees a 10% discount on the wines we have shown, subject to availability. You will be provided with a private code after attending the event to redeem the discount

What is your cancellation policy?

Full details on our cancellation policy can be found here.

Can I join a waiting list for sold out events?

Yes. Please do feel free to join our waiting lists for sold out events. If tickets become available you will be contacted by email.

Catherine Housden

Catherine is our Tastings and Events Host at The Wine Society and joined the team in 2019 from Member Services where she was a valued Wine Adviser. Catherine hosts online and in person events across a range of themes and styles.

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