WINE – the Sommelier’s Choice
IMPORT OF THE MONTH: Hatzidakis, Assyrtiko, Santorini
In 1996, Haridimos and Konstantina Hadzidakis returned to the family vineyard their parents had to abandon after the earthquake of 1956. They transformed a traditional cave or “canava”, carved in the island’s volcanic rock, into a small boutique winery that now produces some of the most sought-after PDO Santorini wine. The vineyards around the winery are among the few certified organic on the island and are cultivated using the traditional basket shape vines grown directly on top of the volcanic soil. An innovative oenologist, since his early days working at Boutari’s Santorini winery, Haridimos hones his skills today with an unmatched passion and creative drive to make the perfect Santorini wine.
These are the winemaker’s notes:
To give this dish a North African feel, add half a teaspoon of Paprika and one teaspoon of cumin half way through stage 4, above.
If any beans remain, or if you would like them as a salad: when cool scatter some chopped mint and parsley over the beans, add a couple of good squeezes of lemon juice and a little more olive oil. Spoon on to warm Pitta bread. Lovely.