My lovely Russian friend Lena and I had decided we would dine at Nicolas Tavern.
Earlier in the evening we had walked along the coast to a farm, where we picked up two honeydew melons, courtesy of the farmer.
We were tired and hungry, but at least after a shower were feeling refreshed.
We had decided on kleftico, a traditional Greek-Cypriot dish, lamb cooked slowly slowly for many hours in a wood-fired clay oven. We had sampled kleftico the week before when we had a drink at Nicolas Tavern.
The wine was therefore red. Lena wanted sweet. I said no. We compromised on medium dry.
I called the head waiter over: Your best medium dry red please.
He brought over Status 99. Lena tried and said it was good.
But no kleftico, they had run out. We settled on fish. I had sea bream (at least I think that is what it was). I am not sure what Lena had.
For starters we had the most delicious chicken soup, served in enormous bowls, a meal in itself.
For desert strawberries and cream. I would have preferred strawberries with Greek yoghurt, much nicer. On Mykonos I used to have for breakfast at a lovely taverna raspberries and strawberries and Greek yoghurt.
Cypriot strawberries are not as nice as English strawberries. Lena added not as nice as Russian either.
Status 99, a full-bodied red wine, not exactly the ideal choice for fish, we should have had white wine, but we did not know there was no kleftico when we ordered. Fish needs a lighter wine. A full-bodies red like Status 99 ideal for a heavy meat dish like kleftico.
Nevertheless we enjoyed Status 99, an excellent choice, even if it did not quite match the main dish of fish.
Why Status 99? A question I asked Nicolas the next day. The name is from the village, Statos Ayios Fotios. Why 99? Not known.
Status 99 comes from a family vineyard Kolios Winery, high on the hills outside Paphos. The vineyards are owned by the Kolios family, planted by their grandparents on the slopes high above Paphos.
Like many of the wines at Nicolas Tavern, Status 99 comes from a family vineyard, quality wines to go with the quality food.
I asked Lena did she enjoy the wine? She replied yes. When we left I ordered another bottle for her to take home.