If you like to graze, Greek food is made for you. Meze is the Greek answer to Spanish tapas. Two recent visits to Blu Greek Taverna, a small restaurant off the Marietta Square have reminded just how much I love the “finger food” of Greece. And you will too! Your table can be covered with countless small dishes: flaming goat cheese, handrolled grape leaves, calamari, octopus, shrimp and wonderful chargrilled kebabs. Briny Kalamata olives and hefty chunks of salty feta dressed in oregano and served with warm pita wedges are always a great way to start. Greek spreads are made for sharing. Tzatziki is made with thick creamy yogurt and fresh crisp cucumbers. (If you have ever enjoyed a Gyro, you have probably tasted Tzatziki.) Of course, hummus is always wonderful. Melitzanoslalta gets its delicious smoky taste from roasted eggplant. You’ll recognize Taramosalta by its beautiful pink color – caviar and potato create a rich creamy mousse. Of course, a glass of Greek wine is a perfect match for your meze. Greek wine is becoming more popular and available everywhere in the states. Try a refreshing white made from the Moschofilero grape brimming with citrus, floral and melon flavors or a red made with the Agiorgitiko grape that has a dark cherry taste with good tannins, similiar to a Merlot. Now you can begin your own Greek wine adventure to discover you favorite pairing with fresh, simple and delicious Greek Meze. Check out Blu Greek Taverna at www.blugreektaverna.com or uncover a Greek gem in your town!

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