A lovely morning in the town of Oia in Santorni; the view from Nikos Villas, where I am staying on a press trip with Wines From Santorini, is stunning. And once that sun rises completely, it’s gonna be hot. Well, not so hot by standards here, but for a pale (if not pasty) resident of Seattle who just survived Juneuary, it’s quite roasty.
Fortunately, the white wines of Santorini are thirst-quenching. I sampled a few at dinner the first night I arrived that were made from (or were a blend featuring) the Assyrtiko grape. They are lively, snappy white wines with lots of acidity and a salty, sea-like quality to them. Totally perfect with a simple salad of tomatoes, onions, green peppers, cucumbers and feta. (The salty feta is an especially nice match.) And with simply prepared mussels, shrimp, and fish? Yup, fantastic. All you need is a squeeze of lemon.