Travel to Chania in Crete and walking around the markets and the old port. Also, looking for Douloufakis Dafnios wine from a local Cretan wine producer. But, it cannot be found anywhere! Where is the Greek Wine?
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This is Chania, in Crete! I’m only here for 48 hours. And I have been called in for a meeting. I’ve organized a second meeting. But, I reckon I’m gonna find time to show you tasters around. Time is gonna be tight but I’m just gonna have to be organized let’s do this! No matter how tight time is there’s always time to bounce on your hotel bed!
The Wine Challenge: Douloufakis Dafnios
While I’m here, I want to find this Cretan wine called Dafnios, by the Douloufakis winery. A friend of mine a sommelier in Cyprus has recommended it. In fact what he said was if you’re in Crete you absolutely have to find and taste this label. That’s a pretty strong recommendation I can’t wait to track this down.
I’ve been traveling for hours, I need a coffee! Everybody in Greece is crazy about frappe. It is cold coffee shaken with ice cubes. I can’t wait to have a frappe right now. Let’s go!
I found some coffee guys. Unfortunately, one of my meetings has been postponed by a text message. I need to call this lady and I need to talk to her. Also, I hate to be pushy but I’m only here for another 38 hours and she’s the one who’s called me to consult about her brand.
Exploring Chania Old Town in Crete
Two things stand out in Chania. Lovely jewellery and amazing leather work! Look how intricate the jewellery is. The detail is amazing I love everything. Absolutely beautiful, and it’s kind of hippie but elegant as well. I love it.
Check this out you guys! This is a city of leather and this market here… I’m calling it Leather Street because there’s a leather shop every two meters I’m in heaven! This is perfect. And all I have to do is stop paying rent, stop feeding myself, and I can afford it. True love. It might happen!
I’m a 90s girl. I have a crush on Russell Crowe and I always will. Gladiator sandals!
There’s a lot of woodwork as well. All of these are handmade. It makes me want to cook!
A Cretan Myth Unravels!
Hey tasters! We learn something new every day. This is Ariadne, she was King Minos daughter who helps Theseus kill the Minotaur. Here is where you get the expression of plots unravelling, or a good yarn. This is how she helped Theseus escape from the labyrinth and if you follow the yarn you get to a very clever depiction of the Minotaur as a labyrinth. What I didn’t know and I’ve just found out is that all of this is sponsored by coca-cola.
Where is the Douloufakis Dafnios?
Tasters, I have been to every single restaurant along this harbour behind me asking for Douloufakis Dafnios and it’s proving really elusive. I’m so frustrated and heartbroken because I had my heart set on tasting this wine after my friend’s recommendation. Now I’m gonna have to go back to Cyprus and admit that I’ve failed. Which is really frustrating! However, I have to be grown-up about this. My meeting has been rescheduled and I have to meet someone in one of these buildings behind us. I’m afraid I can’t take the camera to a meeting so I’m going to say goodbye for now. However, I’ll catch up with you after this meeting…
I can see that bakery where I had my coffee before. I think it’s time for another frappe.
Meeting my Cretan Wine Hero (in a bakery!)
Right guys, something incredible happened. I came into this shop for a coffee. This wonderful man here, he’s a baker with a degree in mineral engineering. He also dreams of opening his own winery. His family has been involved in winemaking for generations in the Peloponnese. He’s here in Chania. I walked into his shop. Then, I asked for a coffee. I had a coffee. Some of the best conversations take place either with coffee or with wine. So, I mentioned my quest to find this bottle. This is Dafnios, it is Liatiko grape, by Douloufakis. And I told him I’ve been looking all over Chania to find this bottle, and he said one minute, and then he went next door, and came back, and here’s the bottle! So, I’m going to do wine tasting in a bakery which must be a YouTube first!
We must first of all thank you, and we must drink it fast because I stole it!
No, no, no. Hahaha.
Here, it is Chania. You just knock on a door, and you just ask.
So yes! It is Douloufakis. Let’s try it.
I have heard a lot of good comments about that.
Well this is a brilliant wine, it’s an exceptional wine. Liatiko is known for having a very light colour as you can see. It’s crystal light. However, many compare it in taste to Barolo, which is a very powerful wine.
And you can smell the fruit.
Please, you are the specialist. I must learn from the best.
Thank you very much! Cheers!
So this is such a find. Now, he refuses to tell me however, I believe it’s quite affordable and Jefford from Decanter has given this a 92! This is an exceptional wine guys. Red fruit, light tannnins, perfectly balanced. This wine is brilliant!
Conclusion: Chania in Crete is the Best!
Hey Tasters! I’ve just had the best time. My second meeting has just wrapped up and it’s gone very very well. This town is magical. Also, my new best friend Panayotis, my wine hero, who found Douloufakis Dafnios for me is absolutely right. This city, all you have to do is knock on a door and everybody’s willing and happy to help you. I’m in love with the old town of Chania. Finally, I can’t wait to be back here and when I do I’m going to bring you guys with me. But until then I’ll see you on the next video.
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Resources for Chania, Crete
Resources for Douloufakis Dafnios Wine
- Douloufakis Winery Website: Dafnios Red
- Dafnios by Douloufakis on Vivino
- Oliveology Tasting Notes
- Wine Searcher for Douloufakis Dafnios
- Douloufakis Dafnios on Greece and Grapes
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