Sicilian Wine

 

Wine grapes have always grown on the Italian island of Sicily. Some say it was Dionysus, the god of wine, who planted them there himself. The Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine, balanced rainfall, hilly terrain and soils made rich by Mount Etna’s ash all create the perfect conditions for quality agriculture. Ancient civilizations were producing wine on the island as far back as the 17th century BC. The Greeks arrived some time around 8 BC, bringing other varietals in with them. They also brought innovations such as pruning, varietal selection and low vine training. Large quantities of wine began to flow all over the island. Very, very alcoholic wine. 
 
For several centuries, the Sicilian wine industry fell into boom and bust cycles. As the Romans spread their empire, they carried wines from Sicily with them. A type of Sicilian wine called Mamertino was said to have been Julius Caesar’s favorite. In the Byzantine Age between the 6th and 9th centuries, the Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Nero d'Avola

    History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was f...

  • Grillo

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  • Pellegrino

    Cantine Pellegrino is a Marsala wine producer founded by Paolo Pellegrino in 1880. It was to be...

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

    The family Sgarzi has been growing vines and producing wines for many generations in Castel San P...

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

    Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine...

  • Feudo Montoni

    Today the estate extends for about 73 hectares in the region of Montoni Vecchi (province of Ca...

  • Tasca D'Almerita

    The Tasca d'Almerita estate is situated in the Sclafani countryside, between the provinces of Pal...

  • Donnafugata

    Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extr...

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Morgante Nero d'Avola Vendemmia Sicilia IGT 2005

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    Wine review by enotheque


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso "Calderara Sottana" Sicily 2004

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    Very savory and earthy, a bit smoky, delicious; a good value, promising for pairing with grilled meats in particular. Read More

    Wine review by BearB


  • Pollara White Blend Alcamo Principe di Corleone 2001

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    Smooth, fruity, great with Italian sauces. Does not leave an after dry taste. Read More

    Wine review by charlenegaffney


  • Donnafugata Ben Rye Sweet Italy Sicilia White 2006

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    Viscous peachy and apricot syrup on the nose and mid-palate; finishes very clean and bright, acidic. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • Palari Faro 2005

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    A unique example of a Mt. Etna red that has softer acidity and minerality than most from the region. 2008 Gambero Rossos Red Wine of the Year. The guide says that some consider it the best in Italy for its remarkable resemblance to Pinot Noir of Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • Benanti Il Drappo 2004

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    Nero dAvola. Lovely and unique Nero dAvola from Southeast Sicily. Has cedary, tobacco notes not characteristic of Nero dAvola. Finishes with dark, black fruit and elegant tannins. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • On Wednesday, March 5, Gambero Rosso landed in San Francisco with one or two ... Nero d'Avola from Southeast Sicily. Has cedary, tobacco notes not characteristic of Nero d'Avola. Finishes with dark, black fruit and elegant tannins.Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001: Amazing density of color. Liquid liqurice. Very dramatic ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Three Glass Recap


  • Donnafugata Ben Rye Sweet Italy Sicilia White 2006

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    Viscous peachy and apricot syrup on the nose and mid-palate; finishes very clean and bright, acidic. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • Palari Faro 2004

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    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • Archeo 2003

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    Wine review by tahoe2077


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