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A visit to Calabretta, Randazzo, Etna

The cantina of Calabretta, despite being on the main road through Randazzo, is easy to miss. We just about managed to locate it the previous day, Sunday, when it looked pretty much like it did in Street View, shown below … Continue reading

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A visit to Tenuta delle Terre Nere, near Randazzo, Etna

We started our visit to Tenuta delle Terre Nere in the winery office, and met our host Marco Ciancio. The first thing that caught my eye in the office was a large geological relief map of the Etna region. I … Continue reading

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Two palmentos on Etna

This was our second trip to Sicily, the first one being to the South East, where we stayed at COS, and also visited Valle dell’Acate.  This time we were in the Etna region, and each place we stayed in contained a largely … Continue reading

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The World of Sicilian Wine – book review

This is a review of The World of Sicilian Wine, by Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino.  Hardback is available in the UK for just under £20. The visual appearance of this book is not great.  It has no pretty pictures, and is … Continue reading

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Valle dell’Acate

While staying at COS, on Sicily we popped North a little, to the other side of the Acate Valley to visit the eponymous Valle dell’Acate cantina.  We had pre-booked using the contact details on the website and were offered tastings … Continue reading

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Azienda Agricola COS

We have just returned from a week staying at Locanda COS – accommodation at the Sicilian wine producer Azienda Agricola COS.  You might already know that I am a bit of a fan of COS wines (see here and here for example), … Continue reading

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Palmento, Sicilian Wine Odyssey – book review

A Sicilian Wine Odyssey, by Robert Camuto.  RRP is now £13.99 for the paperback version, but you can get it delivered by one of Amazon’s partners for around £11.00.  21cm tall and around 300 pages. It is not a big … Continue reading

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Cos Nero di Lupo and Frappato

As a fan of Cos Pithos, when I heard that the Didsbury branch of Carrington’s had a range of Cos wines, I was down there within the space of a couple of days, and bought myself a couple of varietal … Continue reading

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Duck, Amarone and the Zeni wine museum

When scanning through the list of wines I have in my Liebherrs looking for a match for confit duck, I really had in mind a Pinot Noir, Beaujolais or Riesling.  I also fancied that a top Alsace Pinot Gris with good acidity … Continue reading

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The wrong pair of vintages

Well, my case of Nicosia Fondo Filara Etna Rosso arrived safe and sound, in two of the most courier-proof cardboard boxes I have ever seen.  No polystyrene, but the design insulated the bottles from the outside cardboard by air gaps on all … Continue reading

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