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Great wines are made in the vineyard March 10, 2007

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On Mount Vermio in northwestern Greece, the Boutaris family continues a long tradition of focusing on the production of high quality wines

vineyard.jpg  The vineyard’s unique microclimate favours the cultivation of Xinomavro, the indigenous variety of northwestern Greece as well as cosmopolitan varieties such as Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Kir-Yianni Estate was founded in 1997 by Yiannis Boutaris, one of the leading figures in the Greek wine industry. Based in the two wine regions of Naoussa and Amyndeon, on the two sides of Mount Vermio in northwestern Greece, the winery continues a long family tradition focusing on the production of high quality wines which combine style with authenticity and offer true enjoyment. The winery is now run by the oldest son of Yiannis Boutaris, Stelios.

The Estate in Naoussa, one of Greece’s leading AOC regions, is located in Yianakohori, at the highest point of the viticultural region, at an altitude of 280-330m. The creation of the Estate’s vineyard, the work of the founder, Yiannis Boutaris, spearheaded the revival of the prized Naoussa Appellation and paved the way for a whole new generation of winemakers, who have since then brought about the renaissance of Greek wine with their top-notch estate wineries. The unique microclimate of the vineyard, covering a total of 50 hectares, favors the cultivation of Xinomavro, the noble indigenous variety of northwestern Greece as well as that of cosmopolitan varieties such as Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, used to produce high quality red wines, suitable for long aging: Ramnista, Yianakohori, Syrah, Merlot, Dyo Elies. The “koula” or “konaki”, the traditional watchtower at the heart of the family Estate, has become the emblem of the winery and today houses a modern wine-tasting room, exhibition facilities as well as the residence of the Boutari family.

The Estate and winery at Amyndeon are located at the winemaking village of Aghios Panteleimon and on the shores of Lake Vegoritis, defined by the Kaimaktsalan and Vitsi mountains. Thanks to the efforts of the Kir-Yianni winery, Amyndeon, once a neglected wine region, is today recognized as one of the most promising AOC zones of Greece. The private vineyards are at an altitude of 700m and cover a total area of 16 hectares. At the same time, there are contracts with local producers for another 30 hectares. The region is characterized by a unique microclimate due to the high altitude and the four neighboring lakes. In the Amyndeon Estate, the international white varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognier and the indigenous varieties of Roditis, Assirtiko, Malagousia and Malvasia Aromatica are cultivated, producing four distinct wines: Tesseris Limnes, Samaropetra, Akakies and Paranga.

“Good wines are made in the winery and great wines are made in the vineyard,” says Stelios Boutaris. He believes that during the next five years, Kir-Yianni will reach its true potential, through the use of the grapes from its new vineyards, and the know-how acquired during many years of research on the vine and the wine. Naoussa is the sole area of Greece where a clonal selection programme is applied. “Our vision is to maintain the potential of the Greek vineyard in general, and the Macedonian vineyard in particular, and to establish ourselves on the international map of wine-making. Our principle in Kir-Yianni is that innovation builds tradition! Putting emphasis on our local varieties, modern wine-making methods, a professional approach and consumer-friendly wines, I believe we can achieve our goals” says Stelios Boutaris. Following this path, the production of a new generation of wines, based on the Xinomavro variety, is already being planned for the next five years, and is, according to Stelios, anticipated to leverage the Kir-Yianni development onto an international level as well.

‘In the name of Eleni’ rhapsody March 10, 2007

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A symphonic rhapsody titled “In the name of Eleni” and composed by Dimitris Papadimitriou in order to accompany texts compiled by K.H. Myris from the works of Homer, Aeschylus and Euripides, Kazantzakis, Sikelianos, Ritsos and Elytis, is scheduled to go on stage on March 13 at the Athens Concert Hall.

The ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra and the Ambitus ensemble will be performing the music, accompanied by singers Fotini Dara, Irini Karayianni and Andreas Smynakis. The second half of the program in what promises to be a delightful musical evening is to be devoted to Papadimitriou’s popular songs.

Greek President to visit Croatian capital March 10, 2007

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President of Greece Karolos Papoulias will make an official visit on March 13-14 to Croatia, which is on the threshold of accession to the European Union, for talks on bilateral cooperation.

The President is presently on a tour of the Balkans and has already visited Bulgaria and Romania. He will be accompanied by Tourism Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia, Deputy Economy Minister Petros Doukas and Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis. Just a week earlier, on March 6, Ministry of State secretary-general Panos Leivadas was in Zagreb to visit the Classical Gymnasium, Croatia’s oldest secondary school which is celebrating its 400th anniversary.

The 600 pupils study Ancient and Modern Greek and Greek history and culture, and maintain close connections with Greece. Every year the drama group visits Greece and puts on performances in Ancient Greek at Olympia and Epidaurus.

During Leivadas’s visit, the pupils recited verses from the Iliad and another works in Ancient Greek. The theater troupe performed scenes from plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles. And Ela Varosanec, a pupil, gave a moving performance of Medea’s monologue from Euripides’ tragedy of the same name. Leivadas toured the library of more than 30,000 volumes, some of them rare.

UNHCR’s Dalaras in Sierra Leone March 10, 2007

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On his first mission as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Greek singer George Dalaras with his wife Anna, a UNHCR volunteer, the bureau chief of the High Commission in Greece Giorgos Tsarambopoulos and briefing officer Kaiti Kehayioglou spent six days accompanying Liberian refugees who were returning to their homeland from Sierra Leone.

In Freetown, they met with Sierra Leone President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, who told them how his country, though poor, hosted 27,000 refugees from neighboring countries. Twenty trucks set out for the border with 284 refugees from the Tobada camp, where the Greek delegation received a warm welcome. After the refugees crossed the border, the Greek delegation flew to the capital of Monrovia for an official meeting with Justice Minister Francis Johnson Morris who was deputizing for the president.

Dalaras promised he would do his best to help UNHCR’s efforts to establish schools and hospitals in Liberia, which is now on a peacetime footing. The smiles of the children were the most optimistic message for the singer’s first mission as Goodwill Ambassador.

Greece joins Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism March 10, 2007

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Greece has joined the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“Greece systematically supports the international community in its efforts to combat nuclear arms proliferation and nuclear terrorism,” the statement runs. “Within the framework of this policy Greece responded positively to the countries involved in the initiative to join in. It is putting its signature to the Declaration of Principles, adopted in October last year in Rabat by the participating countries, the G8 group of nations, Russia,  United States, France, Germany, Britain, Japan, Italy, and Canada and also China, Australia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Morocco.”

Greece has become the first European Union country outside the G8 group to have joined the initiative.

The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism was put forward by the Russian and US presidents at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in July 2006. The International Atomic Energy Agency is involved in it in the capacity of observer. In the document adopted in the Moroccan capital the initiative’s participants declared the intention “to develop, if necessary, and improve accounting, control and physical protection systems for nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances,” and also to enhance the security of civilian nuclear facilities.

Apart from that the participating countries vowed to prevent the illegal circulation of nuclear materials, establish punishment for potential nuclear terrorists and to deny asylum and economic and financial resources to terrorists who may try to acquire and use nuclear and other radioactive materials and substances.

Lord Jellicoe a WWII hero and a Philhellene March 10, 2007

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The funeral of Lord Jellicoe, a hero of World War II, took place last Monday, March 5, at the Tidcombe Estate in Witlshire, UK, attended by his family and many leading figures in British society and state.

Uniformed members of the 22nd SAS Brigade carried the coffin, which was draped with their regimental flag. A lieutenant read out a text that is inscribed on the tower of the Hereford army camp. Speakers mentioned Lord Jellicoe’s war record, especially his connection with the Special Boat Squadron, the armed caiques that raided German occupation forces on the Aegean Islands, from Lemnos to Crete, as well as his political and social activities after the war.

His son Nicky spoke of the farewell tribute that was sent by his comrade-in-arms Iason Mavrikis, who served under Jellicoe in the daring SAS raids, and who sent sand from a Greek beach “with the idea of something Greek accompanying him to his final resting place.” The family scattered the sand on the grave of the man who had fought to free Greece. At his request, he will be buried next to the cenotaph of General Tsigante, who was commander of the Ieros Lohos Special Operations Command.

Exhibition match in Cyprus March 10, 2007

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In collaboration with his sponsor, the “Société Générale” of Cyprus, Marcos Baghdatis will take part in an exhibition match and encounter the French players, Fabrice Santoro and Marc Gicquel on April 10th 2007.

Fabrice Santoro, 57th on the ATP ranking is probably one of the best known French players due to his long tennis career. After almost 20 years on the circuit, Santoro is one of the most experienced players on the courts today. 

He has four singles titles to his name and has amassed 22 doubles trophies. At 34, he is at the top of his game. Nicknamed by journalists “The Magician of the Courts” he will be participating in this charity fund-raiser.

Marc Gicquel, ranked 42nd place is the N°3 French tennis player. After breaking into the Top 100 at the comparatively late age of 29, the 2006 season was his best to date and he reached his first ATP Tour final and also compiled a personal best of 17 ATP wins.

April 10th promises a series of eventfull matches and surprises. Your support presence would be welcomed at the Cyprus Tennis Federation Central Court in Nicosia.

See you in Cyprus!

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