It’s time to put down that tired glass of Napa cab. Thanks to rock star somms and the proliferation of specialized importers, the wine world has never been more exciting for adventurous drinkers. From Tenerife’s native, unknown varieties to Portugal’s fizzy bottles, here are some of the most exciting pours.
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A land of sun and sand, Santorini is likely to be the last place you’d think of as a wine-growing region. Travel beyond the Instagram-famous blue-and-white architecture of town, however, and you’ll find what look like baskets growing out of the ground.
These low-lying ampele are actually assyrtiko, the volcanic island’s signature grape, trained to grow in this tradition to protect against the island’s fierce winds. A fan of crisp sauvignon blanc?
Excite your palate with value-driven, bone-dry assyrtiko, ripe with a panoply of citrus flavors from kumquat to satsuma.Sigalas and Gaía are among the best producers, but many throughout Greece are now growing the variety.