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Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Great Santorini

You’d think that after 3,500 years of winemaking know-how, a region would be producing a terrific wine. And yes, you’d be right. The Greek island of Santorini has been turning out exceptional white wines for a long time. I’m guessing at this point you may have never had one. Hopefully I’m wrong. If you’ve had Santorini wines you know where this is going. If not, let me introduce you to the 2011 Assyrtiko from SantoWines. For those weary of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio, this little number will return your taste buds to happy. Due to volcanic soils (and other things of course), this Assyrtiko has a pretty intense minerality, a sharp pointed acidity and lemon, lime notes, making this perfect with food. It’s clean, pure and streamlined. Many wines lack the necessary acidity to work with foods – not this baby. The word ‘refreshing’ is so overused in wine-speak it’s become meaningless, but this wine is truly that; it will ‘re-freshen’ your perception of white wine. A stellar introduction to Greek wines, this is a great value wine, packed with quality and will enrich your meal.
$20/ 750 ml
4 Bonz – Good Dog!

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