Thalassitis Santorini Assyritko by Gai’a 2017
The Greek Grape: Assyritko
Most prominently made on Santorini, the Greek island famed for its stark white architecture and blue-domed roofs, Assyrtiko is a mineral-driven, full-bodied white wine that’s incredibly ageworthy. It picks up its salty tang from volcanic soil and Mediterranean breezes, though vines are protected from harsh winds by a unique basket vine training method called kouloura. “Its bright citrus flavors, notes of sea spray and herbaceous undertones work perfectly with Mediterranean [cuisine],” says Haunah Klein, head sommelier at Boulud Sud Miami.