Santorini VS Burgundy Blind Tasting

June 26, 2024 at 6:30 PM
by Dimitris Spiliadis

Discover the Exquisite Wines of Santorini and Burgundy: A Comparative Tasting Event at The Black Olive

On June 26, The Black Olive invites you to a special evening of wine tasting, featuring the extraordinary wines from the renowned regions of Santorini, Greece, and Burgundy, France. This event will not only offer a delightful tasting experience but also an engaging discussion with two of our esteemed staff experts, each specializing in the wines of these iconic regions.

A Tale of Two Regions: Santorini and Burgundy

Santorini: A Volcanic Marvel

Santorini, an island in the Aegean Sea, is not only famous for its stunning sunsets and white-washed buildings but also for its unique and ancient wine-making tradition. The history of viticulture on Santorini dates back over 3,500 years. The island's volcanic soil, known as "aspa," is rich in minerals and provides a distinctive character to its wines.

The indigenous grape varieties, such as Assyrtiko, Athiri, and Aidani, thrive in Santorini's harsh, windy climate. Assyrtiko, in particular, is celebrated for its high acidity and mineral-driven profile, making it an ideal companion to the seafood and Greek dishes that we specialize in at The Black Olive.

Burgundy: The Heart of French Wine

Burgundy, located in eastern France, is synonymous with some of the world's finest and most sought-after wines. The region's wine-making history is equally storied, dating back to the Roman times, with a significant influence from Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages. Burgundy is renowned for its meticulous vineyard classification system, highlighting the unique terroirs, or "climats," that define its wines.

The primary grape varieties of Burgundy are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, each expressing the region's diverse terroir with elegance and complexity. Burgundy's wines are known for their finesse, balance, and ability to age gracefully, making them a staple in any wine connoisseur's collection.

Comparing Santorini and Burgundy: Similarities and Differences

While both Santorini and Burgundy boast a rich history and a commitment to quality, their wine styles are distinct yet complementary:

- **Terroir:** Both regions emphasize the importance of terroir. Santorini's volcanic soil imparts a unique minerality to its wines, whereas Burgundy's diverse soils contribute to a wide range of expressions in its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

- **Climate:** Santorini's dry, windy climate contrasts with Burgundy's more temperate conditions, affecting the grape growing and resulting wine styles.

- **Grape Varieties:** The indigenous Assyrtiko of Santorini and the noble Pinot Noir and Chardonnay of Burgundy each bring their unique characteristics to the table, offering a diverse tasting experience.

Join Us for a Tasting Event

On June 26, join us at The Black Olive for an exclusive tasting event where we will feature exquisite wines from Santorini and Burgundy. Our experts will guide you through the history and nuances of these wines, paired with flavors that enhance their best qualities.

Explore Santorini at The Black Olive

Can't make it to the event? You can still enjoy the wines of Santorini anytime at The Black Olive. We offer Santorini flights, showcasing a variety of styles and qualities that highlight why we believe this region is so relevant to our cuisine. Come and experience the volcanic magic of Santorini's wines, perfectly paired with our signature Greek dishes.

Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your appreciation for the wines of Santorini and Burgundy. Reserve your spot for the tasting event on June 26 and indulge in a journey through the vineyards of these two extraordinary regions. We look forward to welcoming you to The Black Olive for an unforgettable evening of wine and culinary delight.

Event Details

**Date:** June 26

**Time:** 6:30 PM

**Location:** The Black Olive, 814 S. Bond St., Fells Point

For reservations, please call 410.276.7141 or visit our website

Explore, taste, and enjoy the world of wine with us. See you soon at The Black Olive!

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