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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 September 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 13 FOOD since 2001 − emphasises his passion to provide guests with a road map to Greek wines. With more than 60 indigenous grape varietals grown throughout Greece to keep track of, he prides himself on continuing to introduce new labels that are exclusively available to diners at Molyvos. Travelling to Greece at least once a year, Kamal tours wineries and meets winemakers on both the islands and the mainland to ensure he continues to have the pulse of Greek viticulture. Eagerly sharing his expansive insight in approachable ways, he's always keen on giving wine-pairing recommendations at dinner and on guiding guests through their first ouzo experience. "Not to be left out," he says, "we also feature 14 different varieties of Greece's national aperitif, ouzo, in addition to our wine list, as well as a wide selection of beers from Greece and around the Mediterranean. "Between refreshing ouzo-based cocktails, like the Lesvos Lemonada, and wines only found in our restaurant, Molyvos' beverage program gives diners an experience that can't be duplicated anywhere else.” "Our comprehensive wine list encourages diners to experiment, including 50 wines by the glass that change regularly and focus on unknown regions in Greece – made possible by our wine director Kamal Kouiri's frequent trips to the Greek mainland and islands, as well as his strong relationships with boutique Grecian wine producers," the family says. "Kamal has helmed Molyvos' wine program for a decade, growing our initial offering into the expansive selection that we have today, bringing back new finds with each visit abroad." Molyvos' dedication to Greek viticulture has been recognised by Wine Enthusiast's ‘Award of Unique Distinction’ and Wine Spectator's ‘Award of Excellence’ in 2012 and 2013, as well as ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ from 2014-2016 for the wine program that Kamal has curated at Molyvos. Unsurprisingly, his passion has also helped Molyvos become one of Wine Enthusiast's ‘Five Best Wine Bars in New York City’ as well as making their ‘100 Best Wine Restaurants’ in 2015 and 2016. The Livanos family has managed to not only carry on Greece's culinary traditions across the Atlantic, but has proudly invited talented people from different cultural backgrounds, filled with love for what they do, into their family and at the helm of their business, allowing them to take initiative and be creative. After all, the core of Greek hospitality is filoxenia, and filoxenia starts from one's own home, one's own family. Executive chef Carlos Carreto is committed to cooking like a Hellene. John Livanos with his wife, sons and daughter. Wine director and general manager Kamal Kouiri says he is passionate about Greek wine.
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