"This wine is like a Georgia O'Keefe flower," I said somewhat tipsily to my roommate after drinking many glasses of the Troupis Hoof & Lur skin-contact moschofilero. Meaning: it's tight, round, full, and voluptuous. (The peachy hue helps, too.) A sensual but not self-serious wine, tongue-in-cheek, like "oh, you thought you were getting a regular Greek white? Honey, I'm about to blow your mind." Think honeysuckle flowers and tangerine slices that have been warming in the sun at a picnic and maybe a very light, sunstruck honey mead. But also crisp! And so clean! Light, too, as the moschofilero grape tends to be, even though it's wild fermented and unfiltered and has some body from the skin contact. This wine instantly became one of my absolute favorites, and was a fantastic expression of what real moschofilero can be when left to do its thing. That's the point, actually. The Troupis family made this particular bottle to emulate an ancient style of moschofilero—aka unfiltered and as wild as the Greek mountains it comes from.
Admittedly, I was not reading Valley of the Dolls when I first drank this wine. BUT! In thinking of what could go with it, I spied the classic novel on my shelf and thought, "Of course." While the pretty matching pinks certainly help (hey, I'm not above aesthetics), what could be more appropriate than a novel that's so deliciously transgressive? Filled with drama, sex, drugs, and divas, but also illuminating the struggles of women attempting to live up to the impossible societal standards of beauty, there's a lot going on in this book. Torrid love affairs, mental breakdowns—it's reality TV tropes in a groundbreaking novel. It unfurls and draws you in and will stick with you long after you've finished, an instant and forever favorite—just like the Hoof & Lur. And, lest you think this is drivel, the book is one of the best-selling of all time; it was the highest-selling in the year of its publication, 1966, and broke the record for most copies ever sold (17 million) in 1974. To date, it's sold 31 million copies, and the 1967 movie adaptation made $41 million, which is $307 million today.
A book and a bottle about feeling good and feeling yourself, for sure.