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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...

  • Palomino

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Feudo d'Elimi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007

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    Wine review by fandorka


  • Donnafugata Nero d'Avola Sedara Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Wine review by ilmaxo


  • Sp68 IGT Sicilia Rosso Arianna Occhipinti 2009

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    Smooth, great flavor Read More

    Wine review by cerbland


  • Thanks for the info Greg...what do you mean by early foreign group? Those ... ... Spain, I seem to recall Vega Sicili Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tokaji Producers


  • Cusumano Nero'Davola 2008

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    Binny's, Nov. 2010, $9.99. I actually got a glass of this bottle to taste. Had ... The value associated with Sicilian wine from this grape is nearly unbeatable. It's nose, flavor and finish seem to be in my wheelhouse. I wonder if cellaring it for the 4 years helped make this $10 bottle special? Then again, it was more likely my mood that help... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • RBA, K&L has Ausone ('08, off vintage) marked down from $2000 to about ... about ... Rivals that Vega Sicilia Unico offer I got this morning from JJBuckley.  "No serious collector can afford to pass this up."  Guess I'm not that serious. EMark, agree with everything you said.  But I'll stand by my point that 1) knowing the TJ's wines might no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Feudi del Pisciotto Baglio del Sole Merlot Syrah 2011

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    Very strange at first, but them goes nice. Very smooth tannins with some buttery aftermoouth Read More

    Wine review by KirillK


  • Benanti Nero d'Avola Il Drappo Sicilia IGT 2005

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    I haven't tried this one yet.I have tasted many of Benanti"Mt.Etna"wines w/Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blended together.It has Burgundian elements to it.Very surprising,but very good.It must be a combination of Volcanic soil,elevation,along w/those two grapes blended together.I love wines(both red and white) from Mt.Etna...Worth expl... Read More

    Wine review by vjg6014


  • Ca' di Ponti Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ www.thesampler.co.uk ] for £6.21. Nero d'Avola [the black grape of Avola ] is a grape native to the area around the town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia. It thrives in hot and arid conditions ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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 startrac@aol.com

    Comment by 1329661Teresa DeCrescenzo 1329661 Teresa DeCrescenzo


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