Assyrtiko

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When it comes to Greek wine, perhaps the most noted white grape variety is Assyrtiko. Grown in most Greek wine regions, the grape produces dry, lean, minerally, green-fruited, concentrated white wines that make great aperitifs and work well with fish/seafood, poultry, pork and soft, young cheeses. It can also produce sweet, rich sumptuous versions, much like Vin Santo, that pair beautifully with desserts and stinky cheese. Those produced on volcanic islands like Santorini are particularly interesting as they are grown in little nests that sit on the ground protecting them from the wind and sun’s intense heat. These are also over abundant in minerality from the volcanic soil. This grape is becoming very popular.

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