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Santorini: The Greek Islands in a glass

Santorini may be the most beautiful of all the Greek islands. The remains of an ancient, dormant volcano, its three islands jut from the startling blue Aegean with spectacular cliffs on the western side and beautiful beaches on the east.

Because of its beauty, Santorini is a popular destination for a romantic vacation ... and many travelers who've come home from Santorini (as well as many who've been there only vicariously) enjoy remembering the islands with a taste of their delicious white wines.

Fortunately, the Santorini from Boutari, one of Greece's top wine producers, can be found around the world. We're still drinking the 1998 in this region, but it has been on the shelves for more than a year, so the newer vintage should be along soon; you may already have it in your area. Made from the Assyrtiko grape, it's bone-dry and citric.

Santorini Boutari 1998 Santorini ($12.99)
This light, straw-color wine offers fresh apple and citrus aromas with a distinct overtone of dried herbs, marjoram and thyme. Crisp and tart, citric and herbal flavors are consistent with the nose; lemon-squirt acidity makes it a natural with fish. U.S. importer: Paterno Imports, Lake Bluff, Ill. (July 10, 2001)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with a delicate summer dinner of gently poached sole fillets wrapped in lettuce leaves.

WEB INFORMATION: Boutari has an information page about its Santorini winery at http://www.libver.gr/boutarienglish/info/santorini.htm.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2001
Copyright 2001 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

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