June 29, 2011
A dry white wine that is fresh, bright, and at roughly $20 a bottle, is just about the most perfect thing for sipping (or chugging as we do in our house) during the summertime. I was introduced to the Santorini Sigalas by our in-house sommelier extraordinaire (and BFF) Chris Robles. Hello, delectable! Where have you been all my life?
This grape variety grown on the island of Santorini is called Assyrtiko. It’s actually one of the oldest known grapes at 3,000 years old– holy molé, that’s like…Hatshepsut old! This is the only wine I’ve tried from this particular region in Greece, so I don’t know how other Assyrtiko wines taste, but this producer is amazing. Chris paired it with a corn soup with roasted poblanos, cilantro, and avocado crema that was so out of-this-world good, I’m still dreaming about it! Even without the inexpensive price tag, this would still be my new favorite. I’m telling you, the Sigalas blows the doors off of anything I have had like it in a long time, and I highly recommend you give it a try.
You can purchase the Santorini Sigalas 2010 at K&L Wines online, or ask your local wine shop.