Assyrtiko/Athiri, Santorini - Domaine Sigalas
Supplier: Domaine Sigalas
Made In: Santorini, Greece
This is a delightful marriage of two grapes that are indigenous to Santorini: the Assyrtiko variety, intense, earthy, and clearly expressing the volcanic island soil; and the more aromatic, quince-scented Athiri variety. Athiri is believed to be a parent of the fascinating Ribolla Gialla grape, which is found mostly in Italy. As is the custom on Santorini, the vines are trained in basket shapes to protect the fruit from the intense wind. It's an elegant way of extracting great fruit from a wild landscape, and when you taste this wine, you'll be very glad they figured it out. Try with shrimp in herb sauce.