August 10, 2005
Boutari 2004 Santorini
(Imported by Paterno Wines International, Lake Bluff, IL; about $16)
Too hot for you? Then get out of town. Go someplace cooler, up into the mountains or to the sea. Or find a bottle of Boutari’s Santorini, a white wine from the Greek isle of the same name, and chill it down well. Chill a glass, too. Slice up some tomatoes—the August kind, dripping sweet with juice. Douse them liberally with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Pop the cork out of the cold bottle and splash some of the wine into the cold glass. Eat the tomatoes, scooping them up with chunks of bread torn from a crusty loaf, and sip the wine. Feel the bracing acidity of the wine: it’s like the seabreeze that cools the grapes as they ripen on their Aegean island. Taste the cool, mineral flavors, as refreshing as a dip in the deep blue water. Repeat as needed, until the heatwave breaks.
This review first appeared in the Denver Post.