WINE – the Som­me­lier’s Choice

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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.

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