Movie & Wine Pairing


Nykteri 2014
Santorini PDO, Greece

Anchors Aweigh (1945)
FRIDAY, JULY 28 @ 05:30 PM (ET)

Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra are the stars of this delightful Technicolor musical about sailors on shore leave. The two charismatic song-and-dance men blend perfectly with the lively, “tongue-dancing” acidity of this island-raised Greek white. Perhaps the highlight of the pairing is the joy of watching Kelly dance with Jerry the mouse while Nykteri dances effortlessly on the palate.


If Greek wines aren’t on your radar, this gorgeous (and age-worthy!) white exclusive will change things. Coming to you from the wind-swept, sun-drenched, volcanic isle of Santorini, Nykteri is a partially barrel-aged blend of local grapes Assyrtiko, Athiri and Aidani. It sports double 92-point ratings from The Wine Advocate and Wine & Spirits, plus a glowing review from The Chicago Tribune, who called it “a beautiful blend … floral, herbal and smoky, with tart green apple and lively, tongue-dancing acidity. An interesting wine, for sure.” We can’t wait for you to taste for yourself.

The name ‘Nykteri’ comes from the local word for ‘staying up all night,’ a nod to the Santorini tradition of harvesting and pressing grapes late in the evening. All that night-owl dedication has really paid off for the Santo Wines team, too – since 2008, every vintage of Nykteri has won at least one major medal. (They may be the largest estate on this small island, but their tireless dedication to quality always shines through in the glass.)


To protect against the winds that famously whip across the island, Assyrtiko vines (and other Santorini varieties) are trained in basket-like coils that grow close to the ground, left. Usually after a few decades, nutrients struggle to feed the vine and the plant is cut back to the trunk and basket pruning begins again. In fact, many Santorini vines have root systems that could be hundreds of years old.


Assyrtiko (pronounced ah-SEARtee-koh) is known for its intense minerality and vibrant acidity – the perfect antidote to a searingly hot Mediterranean day and a perfect complement to the local cuisine. Try seafood or feta cheese-rich salads. If you’re hosting, a selection of traditional Greek mezes like roasted veggies, spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves or taramosalata will be a hit.

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