For more than two decades, The Black Olive has served authentic Greek cuisine to Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood. While we’re proud of the authentic dishes we offer, our vast and growing wine selection is one of the key features that sets us apart from other Greek restaurants in the city.
Whether you haven’t yet had the pleasure of tasting different varieties of Greek wines, you’ve just begun exploring this wide world, or you’re looking to broaden your knowledge, The Black Olive’s wine offerings are sure to be a delight for you, your friends, and your family.
If you’re looking to taste a variety of Greek wine on a special night out or during a private event, we have the selection that’s sure to satisfy. Here are three things to know about Greek wine before you visit us.
Must-Know #1: it’s one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world
Greece’s history is one of the world’s richest. And without wine, it would not be a complete history. The earliest evidence of Greek wine production dates back more than 5000 years, with only a handful of countries claiming earlier production. At various points in Greece’s history, it was considered to be the center of the wine world.
This centuries-long history of wine production gave ancient and modern Greeks (and those across the globe fortunate enough to experience their wine) a rich range of wines. With more than 200 varieties of grapes, there are Greek wines that simply cannot be recreated elsewhere without the use of these grapes, making them truly unique.
When you come to The Black Olive, you can experience these rare varieties found on our wine list. With more than 5000 bottles cellared, we’re sure you’ll find your new favorite variety with us.
Must-Know #2: Greek wines are winners
It may come as no surprise to you that with such a history and a wide variety of grapes that Greek wines have won innumerable awards over the years from the most prestigious and selective organizations. Similarly, sommeliers across the world recognize and appreciate Greek wines as among the world’s best, and routinely write that these wines are not to be missed.
While Greece’s long history of producing amazing wines is nothing new, The Guardian reported nearly a decade ago that more than 70% of all Greek wines entered in the globe’s biggest wine competition came out with medals. It topped other wine-producing heavyweights Croatia, Slovenia, and Turkey. Even during recent economically challenging times, Greece’s wines remained one of its strongest exports.
Must-KNow #3: they’re a perfect pairing
Greek wine can certainly stand on its own. But one of the best ways to experience Greek wine is pairing it with food, whether small plates, entrees, or deserts. One of the most popular (and recommended) ways to get your feet wet with Greek wine is trying several different varieties with our small plates selections.
Your server can recommend a variety, vineyard, or vintage that pairs best with each dish—but don’t be afraid to explore! Half of the adventure of experiencing Greek wine is trying something new. Whatever your preferred taste, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite at the Black Olive.
Book your next wine night at The Black Olive
Whether you’re looking for a night out with your special someone or you’re booking an event for the whole family, we can help you make it happen. Book your private event, or call us to learn more about our ever-expanding wine selection and authentic Greek dishes.