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Island wine: An easy getaway

White wines from the islands of the Mediterranean can be “mini-vacations in a glass.”

White wines from the islands of the Mediterranean can be “mini-vacations in a glass,” said Dave McIntyre in The Washington Post. The best are made with indigenous grape varieties, capturing the characters and flavors of the islands where they’re made. 

2011 Gavalas Winery Katsano, Santorini, Greece ($22). Santorini is better known for assyrtiko, but give me this katsano anytime. It “sports exquisite balance between sweetly floral aromas and a farm stand of tree fruits,” plus “a whiff of sea air.”

2011 Tasca d’Almerita Regaleali Bianco, Sicily, Italy ($15). A “hint of citrus blossom” and “talc-like minerality” bring mountain and sea together in this “zesty” wine.

2011 Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy ($16). Flavors of “citrus, herbs, and sea air” make this “classic” vermentino an excellent aperitif.

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