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Distilling Raki (2016 harvest)

Autumn has arrived in Crete and the distilling cauldrons are once again on fire to distill the traditional cretan Tsikoudia ... So, we got our barrels, filled with pressed grapes (Strafylo) from Plyto and Vidiano varieties harvested in August, the essential pairings (meat, grocery, some bottles of last year' s wine and Σόλo craft beer) and headed to the distillery of Leonidas at [...]
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Orange wine : From pots … to bottles

Early June and the first, really hot, summer days found us in our vineyards, bottling our first bottles of orange wine from the experimental vinification of native Cretan varieties such as Plito and Vidiano, as well as our red wine from Kotsifali and Mandilari varieties. After almost ten months of anticipation, the alcoholic fermentation has been completed, the aromas have [...]
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Our first raki (tsikoudia)

After the harvest in mid-September, we set aside 7 barrells of «strafylo» to ferment ready for distillation in the next month. 5 of the barrells were filled with Plyto while 2 with Vidiano grape variety. In October 22nd, it was time to distill at local Alagni Kazani owned by Leonidas. While waiting the distillation to finish, we spent the day in jovial [...]
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“Σολο …Your Cretan Craft Beer” Our first brew!

When we discovered that Zythognosia was to be organized in Athens in October, we were very enthusiastic.  But for us it was too early.  Our brewery was not operational yet. Then we came to think about contract brewing.  But where and who could help us?  After a quick phone call to Yannis at Charma, or Cretan Brewery as its formal [...]
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STAGE TWO: THE SELECTION & PLACEMENT OF THE AMPHORAS

With deep roots going back in time from the Minoan era,  this art of making amphora continues  to exist today.  Finding such trade  at a nearby village of Thrapsano is definately the best thing for us. After a lengthy research, we found Manolis Moutsakis – the best potter in the area to undertake the project of making 12 amphoras  in [...]
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