Sicily vineyard tour day 1: Etna trek, clashing with lava, and enjoying a good Grenache.
Sicily’s rising star Arianna Occhipinti makes controversial wines. After lukewarm impressions from the 2007 vintage I have a look at the 2009 Il Frappato and man, this wine rocks!
Sicily’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria is an unexpected wine: light, airy, perfumed and Burgundian though it comes from Europe’s southernmost corner.
Forget flabby, low-acid, jammy, oxidative wine from Sicily. Here’s something really fresh and elegant. Plus a nice 19th-century drawing.
During my stay on the Etna last summer (read here) I picked up a few bottles to taste at home and get a more complete picture of this very exciting […]
Salvo Foti. My last day on the Etna was a vineyard tour guided by Salvo Foti, a leading local viticulturalist and winemaker. Foti is consulting for some large wineries […]
My second day on the Etna was at Vinimilo, a wine tasting event that’s been organised in Milo, a somewhat seedy town on the eastern slope of the volcano, for […]
I’m on Etna in Sicily to participate in the Vinimilo event, where 26 producers from Italy, France and Spain will present wines made from bush vines (alberello). There are some […]
I’m off to Etna in a few minutes. I love volcanic wines, and the prospect of exploring the vineyards on Europe’s highest volcano is exciting. I’ll also be meeting with […]
Long underdeveloped, Sicilian wines are gathering momentum. But few of the whites are exciting. Here’s the best of them all, made from the local Grillo grape.