Etna Wine

 

Etna is a region within the Catania province of the Italian island of Sicily. The open geographic location has been home to many cultures and civilizations since pretty much the dawn of time, starting with the Greeks, who first planted wine grapes there since the 8th century BC. As cultures rose and fell, so did the wine production. Though the region was the first to be granted DOC status in all of Sicily in 1968, most considered Etna wines fairly unremarkable compared to the rest of Italy. But that opinion is rapidly changing. 
 
Etna is, of course, located near Mount Etna, still an active volcano, with the vineyards on its northern (Randazzo) and southern slopes (Santa Maria di Licodia). The soil is volcanic mixed with a large percentage of sand. These factors are understandably tricky to work with, which is why so much of the wine was somewhat perfunctory until recently, when producers began to appreciate these conditions. Such sandy soil is a major Phylloxera deterent, so the Read more »

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  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

  • Carricante

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • Al - Cantàra

    Abbiamo voluto denominare così la nostra Azienda perchè il vino prodotto proviene da uve coltivat...

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Etna on Snooth

  • I've debated posting on this thread for the past few days.It's an ... ... ... up a few bottles of a Mt Etna white that I would never have looked for but I'm quite happy to have found, as well as a California Carignan and an Argentine Trousseau. And I drank those before opening anything I had in the cellar because, well, I just couldn't wait!Bu... Read More

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  • Yep.I tasted over 100 wines yesterday and wrote short notes on each. I looked ... with a nice white from Mt. Etna.Should have gone with tha Read More

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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of this relatively new producer called "Raineri"? Their Monserra Barolo is quite stellar if you like the new world treatment for your Nebbiolo!7. Mexico: Casa Valmar (Mentione... Read More

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  • The 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso is starting to hit shelves, as good or better than the '14 supposedly. Looking forward to trying that.Had a nice Edmond Cornu Bourgogne the other night. Almost meaty and Rhine like, it was very dark fruited and structured. Went well with garlic prawns and Peking duck. Available for $19.99 at one east c... Read More

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  • Yes I am all for superior drinkability under $20. I like the Etna suggestion!  For an undeniably reliable daily drinker affordable and going with so many things I would add Côte du Rhône. Like everything, some labels better than others.  Read More

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  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price ... in the South of France, and Etna Rosso from the volcanic soils of Mt. Etna from Sicily, which isn't a bad statement to make or conversation starter when opening a wine here in the States. There are certainly many more regions to think about in France and Italy alone.I... Read More

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  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... ... crowd to share, some Etna blanco, some de Sousa Champagne, and just a little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale pr... Read More

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  • Patria Etna Bianco 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2014

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    Wine review by Eno916


  • Tenuta di Fessina Etna Bianco Erse 2013

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    Crisp green apple mixed with mineral notes Read More

    Wine review by falle


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