The village
covered itself in a lower temperature than the average Easter day. Easter eggs
used to be picked under rain showers but this year they would scatter in thousands
of pieces on the frozen soil. Climate change brings more “wet and cold” instead
of tropically hot. The villagers didn’t realize this yet, distant as they had
become from local agriculture. Their hope was shared but vain, because Easter
lunch was going to be wintery and the guests heavily dressed. The early morning
news item announcing the hottest spring day ever, totally missed its fools’ day
effect. The fire place was lit minutes before noon, the bottle of wine set
aside not to become boiling hot at service. Easter lamb doesn’t support acid,
juvenile, fresh wine and that’s why the hosting lady preferred a white ripe
wine to be served slightly cooled.

A wine from Peloponnesian Messinia, where
the Mediterranean diet is ready for harvest at each moment year round. Where
vines are allowed a short winter pause and produce grapes with international
character. Costa Navarino, whose name sounds far more global than any Greek,
owns vineyards, spa, luxury resorts and golf courses. His wines have to be “new
world” because so are his guests. The
hosting lady selected his chardonnay and it paired magically with the lamb. The
organic Kotyle 2013 spent a short period in barrel and got a modern label.

Kotyle, that is the name of the legendary clay cup which Nestor may have used
three millennia ago. In wine terms: coming in white chardonnay and red
cabernet. The chardonnay brought a
little sunshine to the table, we all started longing for a comfortably warm
spring.