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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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  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

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  • Tami Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2013


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    Wine review by solargecko

  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2010


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    Wine review by smuratore

  • Regaleali Bianco Sicilia Tasca 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013


    Delicious. Great for the price ! Read More

    Wine review by bunnies101

  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013


    I should note that I'm not sure of the year, but it was served at a local fine dining establishment in May 2015. Actually the least delicious Pinot Grigio I've had. Absolutely no aromas, finishing notes, or even any kind of acidity; just flat and characterless. Read More

    Wine review by kristin6028

  • Ceuso Melia Scurati Sicilia IGT 2013


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    Wine review by mark

  • Nice notes JD. And thanks for the intros to those folks. Of course, I had no ... data points!  The Vega Sicilia was my WOTN for the reds, but I did like that Drouhin.Something was weird about the Fourrier and I don't know exactly what. I thought it was TCA initially but it kind of faded in and out through the evening so I don't think that was ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...

  • Had the pleasure to taste with GregT in San Diego yesterday evening. I had the ... ... yeah that '73 Vega Sicilia...Best dry wine of the night, probably WOTN. Here are some notes.Integrated mint/menthol, mushroom, dirt, sweet soil, and some tart red fruit peaking through on the nose. Trust me, this smelled amazing. Very refreshing, killer ent... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...

  • Centonze Frappato Sicilia 2009


    Fairly nice Sicilian red from the frappato grape. Light red in color with fresh raspberry and red cherry on the nose. A somewhat light body is supported with nice acidity and smooth tannins. There's mainly red and black cherry present with just a touch of mint tea on a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Barone Montalto Nero d'Avola Collezione di Famiglia Appassimento 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • looking for "vino amabile della Sicilia" that I bought in Sicily and had shipped here. Alas it is all gone :( "bacco nudo vini sfusi" and "e prodotti tipici" e-mail me at

    Comment by 1329661Teresa DeCrescenzo 1329661 Teresa DeCrescenzo

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