THOUGH WE’RE APPROACHING the dog days of summer, media attention to Santorini wines is not on siesta.
At the top is an interview with Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, who speaks with Wine Spectator on Assyrtiko, the “Champion of Minerality.” You can view the video here.
Also of note: Mark Squires reviews Greek wines in the Wine Advocate (Robert Parker), and gives a special focus to Santorini, which he calls “a small and special wine region.” Of the wines, he says “Pure and steely, they have fine depth and hold up well to food. Santorini’s other signature wine is its fantastic and ageworthy sweet wine called Vinsanto, which is an ancient island trademark copied by many …”
Alder Yarrow who pens the popular blog, Vinography, wrote an extensive roundup of Santorini after his visit here last month. He gave careful review not only to to each winery, but drilled down to the details of scores of wines. Part I details the island’s unique viticulture and Part II reviews what he tasted.
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the Greek austerity plan. Jordan Mackay writes about another kind of austerity—that which is found in our bracing island whites. He calls them “restrained, uncompromisingly charged … the distinctive product of one of the most unusual terroirs in the world …”
Other hits: HuffPo finds something of note in Thei Zervaki‘s post about the elegant minerality of the wines. She gives a call out to Sigalas Santorini 2010, GAIA Thalassitis 2010, Gavalas Santorini 2009, Hadzidakis Nykteri 2009 and the barrel-aged Estate Argyros 2009.
We didn’t escape the notice of lifestyle magazines that recommended Santorini as a great escape. Travel + Leisure named it Best Island (we knew that). And, they’ll be leaving the shores of Naples, Fla., after reading about our summer sippers.