Tribute To Assyrtiko 5/7/19
Our Mom Eugenia and the Uncorked Greeks teamed up again for a springtime soiree to celebrate the exotic Assyrtiko grape, Greece's stunning white wine hailing from the romantic terroirs of Santorini.
Indigenous to the island of Santorini, Assyrtiko is a bone dry white wine with very mineral and crisp pronounced acidity. The volcanic soil provides protection against disease (phylloxera had no chance of surviving) The abundant sun and warm temperatures are responsible for the grape’s maturity and naturally high alcohol. In the evenings though, temperatures drop drastically, thus relaxing the grapes and contributing to the varietals piercing acidity. Here lies the unusual fact for a wine from the warm (even hot) Mediterranean region: a grape that retains high alcohol as well as elevated acidity at the same time. When young, the lemon, citrus profile along its pronounced mineral notes compare it to a Chardonnay (Chablis style). As it ages (5 plus years), it turns towards a dry Riesling with complex beeswax notes.
Assyrtiko has consistently received great accolades from respected wine critics such as Jancis Robinson, columnist for the Financial Times and author of "The Oxford Companion to Wine", "24-Hour Wine Expert" and "Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties". When presenting that last book, she was asked to single out one variety from the 1,368. Just one. She did not hesitate for an instant, naming a variety, which, in her own words, “makes the most stunning white wine,” Santorini’s Assyrtiko.
Summer is just around the corner and we feel this is great timing to taste what all the critics are raving about. We will be tasted five stellar ambassadors of the Assyrtiko, from vineyards on Santorini island.
The foods were amazingly delicious, thanks to Mom/Chef Eugenia Hobson
The Wines were:
We, of course, closed the meal, with a VinSanto of limited quantities. We have others on our site available.