While on Paxos, we toyed with the idea of a trip to the southern bit of the archipelago known as Antipaxos, home to 150 people and endless viniculture dedicated to the production of the ‘famous Antipaxos wines’.
We forewent that pleasure on the grounds that being taken by boat and dumped on a tiny island for six hours seemed a little risky had we then decided that it wasn’t where we wanted to spend a chunk of our holiday.
But the idea of such a place producing so much fine wine was intriguing. Most of the wines we found were mostly packaged in the sort of plastic bottles I normally associate with cooking oil. Or apple juice, as Mrs P thought on our first day, pouring a large glass from the welcome pack, only to choke on a mouthful of vino.
We tried a few different vintages while we were away, although none really impressed. The plastic bottles didn’t help, I suppose, and we never did find any of the famous Antipaxios wine no matter how hard we looked. I suspect those Antipaxiots keep it all to themselves, either that or Angela Merkel demands the lot as part of the Greek bail-out deal.
There were a few bottles that we tipped down the sink. They didn’t say ‘retsina’ on the label, but they might as well have done. They had that rough quality that I normally associate with cooking sherry and, as things do, it reminded me of the ITV series of the 1970s ‘Oh no, it’s Selwyn Froggitt’ and his catchphrase of ‘a pint of cooking and a bag of nuts’.
Serious bit: The comedy series ran for four years and was written by Roy Clarke who also created the better remembered Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances and Open All Hours, all big hits for the BBC while ITV’s Selwyn Froggitt (equally entertaining) is all but forgotten.
Curious bit: Although the star of the programme used Bill Maynard as his stage name, the part of Selwyn Froggitt was actually played by none other than our very own Yorkshire Pudding without his usual wig. You can see YP with his habitual Times Literary Supplement in series one below.