Friday, Sept 21 – Food & Film Series Features the Flavors of Greece

On Friday, September 21st The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and the Nevada City Film Festival presents the film “Mamma Mia!” plus food and wine from Greece.  Part of the “Food & Film Series” which pairs a popular film with a unique dining experience, “Mamma Mia!” is the sixth event in the monthly series that has also included an Italian feast with the classic film “Big Night” and French crepes with the Award-winning film “Amelie”.

Based on the popular Broadway play, “Mamma Mia!” stars Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Colin Firth, and is set on the colorful Greek island of Kalokairi, also known as Skopelos.  In island legend Skopelos was founded by Staphylos or Staphylus (Greek for grape), one of the sons of the god Dionysos and the Princess Ariadne of Crete. Perhaps because of the legend of its founding by the son of the god of wine, the island was known throughout the ancient Greek cities of the Mediterranean Sea for its wine. The origins of wine-making in Greece go back 6,500 years and evidence suggesting wine production confirm that Greece is home to the oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world and the world’s earliest evidence of crushed grapes.

Michael Pavlidis, the Grass Valley based West Coast Regional Sales Manager of Athenee Importers, the largest importer and distributor of fine wine, spirits and beer from Greece and Cyprus in the United States, will be on hand to speak about the changing Greek wine market.  Two Greek wines will be available including a 2010 Veriki Estate Hatzimichalis and a Young Vines of Xinomavro (Ksee-no-mav-ro) produced by Thymiopoulos Vineyards.

Hatzimichalis, a unique blend of the Greek noble variety, Robola (Ro-bo-la), with the world traveled Chardonnay. A wine of rare elegance and finesse with distinctive mineral hints and delicate aromas of citrus – lime and grapefruit – which are highlighted by light floral notes. The complexity, freshness and exceptional balance will make a memorable impact on the palate.

The Young Vines red is a splendid, purple red color that is a complex, typical bouquet of red small fruits including cherry, blackberry, and plum. It is full mouth, rounded tannins, balanced acidity, with a long and pleasant after taste. The Young Vines vineyards are located at Trilofos and Fytia, at southern tip of the appellation of Naoussa in Northern Greece, with a soil, where there are slivers of limestone bedrock and volcanic soils which contribute to making wines of real class.

Attendees can pair these wines with Mediterranean dishes such as Greek salad, dolmas, falafels, mezze platters, and of course baklava, all made fresh by Nevada City Marketplace.


Who: Food & Film Series presents “Mamma Mia!”

When: Friday, September 21, 2012, Doors open at 5:30p.m., with the film beginning at 6:00 p.m., and dinner to follow.  Food will be available for purchase, along with a full bar.

Tickets: $12 for Magic Lantern Film Society and Miners Foundry Members and $15 for Non Members.  The ticket price includes one complimentary drink ticket.  Tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Nevada City Box Office (530) 265-5462, or in person at Briar Patch Co-Op.


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