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COS Pithos Rosso 2011

Made in the Cerasuolo di Vittoria region in Sicily, this has the correct grape varieties – Nero d’Avola and Frappato – to be called Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOC were it not for the winemaking. What is wrong with the winemaking? Well, … Continue reading

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A tasting of Etna wines

Ben (that’s Benjamin Spencer of Etna Wine Lab) had just shown us around the palmento at our hotel, and ferried us the short distance to the restaurant Da Antonio for this tasting.  It was from one palmento to another.  This … Continue reading

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A visit to the Etna vineyards Monte Ilice and Carpene

Monte Ilice and Carpene were both owned by Vini Biondi until 2011, at which point Ciro Biondi and his business partner Giuseppe Brancatelli separated.   After the separation, Giuseppe finished up in possession of Monte Ilice and Carpene, and Ciro the vineyards Chianta, San … Continue reading

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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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