Secret of Santorini – Assyrtiko Wine

Has been a while since I have explored different wines in the blog. So I thought its week to reveal yet another wine obsession (I have a lot of them) – Greek Assyrtiko. And what makes this white grape indigenous to Santorini such a delight? Well I think it combines some of my favorite characteristics of a white wine: high acidity, fresh lemon, lime and grapefruit notes and powerful minerality. And its pretty awesome value for money, as Greek wines are not that widely known in the international market. Awoke you curiosity? Read more below.. Continue reading “Secret of Santorini – Assyrtiko Wine”

Grape Love: Malvasia

When I write these pieces on specific varieties, I try to bring out some small or less known grapes that are somehow significant to my wine interest at that time. With eastern Europe raising it’s profile as a wine region (I guess Eastern Europe is many regions), Malvasia has been the grape in my glass often this spring. What sparked my grape-love towards Malvasia was probably some of the natural Italian sparkling wines produced with the ancestral method. There is a lot of interesting nature wines (including orange wines) carrying Malvasia on the market. The variety is ancient: incumbent to Greece and the Mediterranean, but widely spread out to Italy and Spain as well as overseas. It is also the main variety used for making one out of four different types of fortified Madeira.  Continue reading “Grape Love: Malvasia”