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Assyrtiko is the most popular white grape grown on the island of Santorini, Greece. Each ot the island's 18 plus wineries make it into different styles. Sometimes it is made in a single varietal and other times it is blended with the white grapes Aidani or Athiri. It can be oaked, lees aged, and is even made into a sparkler and sweet dessert wine called Vinsanto. When looking for a bottle you will find the label may or may not contain Assyrtiko. You can look for Santorini PDO, Santorini Assyrtiko, or even Nyketeri, which is an oaked blend of Assyrtiko. When tasting this grape, I generally think lemon, wet cement, salinity, and savory notes! Have fun pairing this with salads, seafood, goat/sheep cheese, olives and classic Greek cuisine!
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