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OMGD Korea Dinner

Seoul, May 26, 2021

Gia mas!” (Cheers!)

" Greek Night at MishMash "

Most Koreans are familiar with Greek mythology and ancient Greek wine jars, but we know little about Greek wines and gastronomy.

To the delight of fellow members, two of our youngest members, Sommelier Nathan Kim and Chef Minzi Kim Wind, decided to break away from the familiar. They organized an Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs (OMGD) Greek Night at MishMash in the heart of Seoul.

What are they both known for? Nathan represented Korea in the 2016 International Final of the Jeunes Sommeliers Competition. Minzi for her modern, Western-inspired Korean cuisine recognized by the Michelin Guide.

Nathan presented a wide range of Greek wines, starting with a fresh sparkling wine and progressing through whites and reds. To satisfy everyone’s curiosity, he included a tasting of potent yet fragrant ouzo. Minzi impressed all guests by preparing authentic Greek food to perfectly pair with the wines.

It was a very special experience 8,500 km away from Greece which started with perfectly chilled glasses of Kir Yianni’s 2018 Paranga Sparkling Wine (made from Ximomavro, Roditis and Chardonnay grown around the town of Amyndeon in Macedonia) accompanied by spanakopita (spinach pie amuse bouche).

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Mezedes
Traditional Greek appetisers
hummus, melitzanosalata (aubergine salad)
dolmadskia yalantzi (stuffed vine leaves)
kolokithokeftedes (courgette fritters)
garides saganaki (prawns with tomato and feta)
served with pitta bread
2019 Boutari Moschofiler
from Mantinia, Peloponnesos

Ktapodi kai patata
Braised octopus
garlic potato puree, roasted tomato crema
2016 Kir Yianni Assyrtiko
(Ed. Assyrtiko is arguably Greece's most
iconic wine grape variety)
from Florina in northwestern Macedonia

Moussaka
Layered aubergine, minced beef and potatoes
with bechamel sauce
2017 Boutari Agiorgtiko
from Nemea, Peloponnesos

Souvlaki hirino me pita
Pork souvlaki
salad, tzatziki, pita bread
2012 Boutari ‘Legacy’ 1879 Xinomavro
from Naoussa, Paros

Elliniko Giaourti
Greek yoghurt panna cotta
fig swirl, pistachio, Greek honey
Ouzo of Plomari, Lesbos

Petits fours
Baklava and pistachio praline
Coffee and tea

This OMGD Greek Night was a reminder of the unique experiences together with camaraderie and joy that make OMGD events so special.

It was heart-warming and satisfying to see how the passionate work of our young talent was making life that much richer and more enjoyable for all of us.

Vive la Chaîne!

Soon Chul Kim
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