kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Santorini white

DC's Zaytinya is currently celebrating Greek Easter by offering special menus and dishes traditional to the holiday. Last evening, I attended a media kickoff dinner, where I sampled a lot of the dishes that will be featured during the Easter feast celebration. Rack of lamb and spring lamb were both flavorful, the latter served as tender as sliced filet mignon. A simple fresh Greek salad with chunks of feta was topped with a great, light vinaigrette, and sustainable halibut was moist and flavorful. Fingerling potatoes were crisp, with just the right amount of salt and fresh parsley. And dessert--orange cake topped with ice cream, blood orange and pistachio, ended the meal with a right touch of sweetness.

We had several wines to pair with the courses. The highlight for me was a Argyros Estate 05 from the Greek island of Santorini. Made from a blend of Asyrtiko, Aidáni Aspro and Athíri, the wine was light gold, and had a spritz similar to that of a Vinho Verde. Zesty lime notes were balanced by a bit of an attractive bitterness on the finish, and the crispness paired well with the halibut and Greek salad.

For more info on Zaytinya's Greek Easter festival, go to their website.