Welcome to our latest installment of #WinephabetStreet brought to you by Dracaena Wines and Kitchen 330. In this series, Debbie Gioquindo and I work our way through the wine world one letter each month. We discuss the characteristics and history of the grape, as well as suggested wine pairings. So uncork, unscrew or saber that bottle and connect with us as we chat, laugh and drink wine all in a laid back atmosphere.
A is for Assyrtiko
Assyrtiko makes up 70% of the vineyards of Santorini. It has the unusual quality of maintaining high levels of alcohol and acidity at the same time, making it one of the few white grapes of the Mediterranean that also possess long aging potential. The grape is often referred to as a “white grape in red’s clothing,” due to the full-bodied wines it produces with an average of 13.5% ABV.
In My Glass
2017 Boutari Assyrtiko (SRP: $29.99)
👀 pale lemon
👃🏼 medium aromas white flowers, beeswax and lemon
👄 dry, high acidity, low alcohol, medium body, medium flavors of wet stone, citrus fruit, lemon
💭 long finish, stainless steel, on lees for 3 months prior to bottling
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Boutari has a long history with quality wine making in Greece. It was established in 1879 by John Boutari and is currently run by his great grandson Constantine Boutari. The winery played a major role in the process of rescuing many vineyards and indigenous grape varieties in Naoussa, Goumenissa, Mantinia, Attica, Crete and Santorini. They are also the first winery in Greece to offer a tasting room with organized tours. . #exploringthewineglass . #winesofgreece #drinkgreekwine #greece #wine #assyrtiko #winephabetstreet #winery #santorini #visitgreece #drinkgreekwine
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