narrative: Charis Vekris photography: Elisavet Vacondiou, Nikos Rangkousis, Vaggelis Aragiannis The 4th SYROS JAZZ FESTIVAL took place on October 7-9 at the Apollon Theater, Hermoupolis' crown jewel, and in the Cathedral of Aghios Georgios in Ano Syros, leaving, once again, both audience and performing musicians with the best of impressions. Following the tradition of previous…

2 years, 7 contests, 14 international and national awards Two years ago, a new idea for the promotion of Greek Culture was born· an idea that became a brand and was based on the thought that even the smallest object could be a vehicle through which culture can travel. This thought was realized via excellent…

text: Charis Vekris photo editing: Michalis Richter Moraitis Winery may be renowned for its excellent Paros wines but its ouzo is no less inspirational. Packaged in fabulously designed bottles, BALLOS Ouzo is available at every upscale ouzo venue throughout the island. We traced it back to the winery's impressive facilities in Naoussa, Paros, by the…
text: Charis Vekris photos: Andreas Spinos Having met Vangelis Vourdamis, the producer of “NOSTOS”, through our website a while ago, we picked his small, family-run distillery to launch the series of presentations this column will be hosting. Vourdamis Distillery is one of many small businesses in the sector striving to remain optimistic and keep up…
Books on ouzo are few and far between. Still, if your love of everything ouzo is not limited to the delicious appetizers that go with it, you can learn a lot about your favorite drink and appreciate each heady sip by reading three outstanding books in Greek (“Distillation of Life, Ouzo Barbayanni” is bilingual, in…
Chios has been on my to-go travel list for years. Growing up on Syros, I had the feeling that there are “blood” ties linking the residents of the island of Syros and those on the island of Chios. My father would often work on ships owned by Chios shipowners and steered by Chios sea captains…
text: Charis Vekris The first edition of tsou.gr was launched back in 2007, when my collection boasted 300 ouzo bottles give or take a few. That first presentation of so many different ouzo labels which up to that time had remained in obscurity was met with high praise, reflected in dozens of comments left by…