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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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Inzolia Terre Siciliane IGT Guari Baglio Oro 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Barone Montalto Italia Cabernet Sauvignon Nero D'Avola 2015

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    Wine review by chriscage


  • Vega Sicilia's Unico I've been fortunate enough to try twice, though one was at maturity, with GregT no less, the 1971. The other over last weekend, a 2000 that was still primary.Szepsy is the one for Tokai, yet another I had the good fortune to taste along with GregT, which we owed to my friend from the Netherlands. He insisted on serving it at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die


  • Tenute Nicosia Insolia Sicilia 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Itynera Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Deep ruby color. Full bodied wine with a hint of tobacco in the nose and aftertaste, with dark chocolate in it as well. Very persistent finnish. Read More

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... Arianna Occhipinti, Sicilia; Elena Pantaleoni, La Stoppa, Emilia-Romagna; Francesca Padovani, Campi di Fonterenza, Montalcino; Sasa Radikon, Friuli.Please purchase tickets from the items and time slots below, choosing Store Pickup as delivery method. Please help us make this... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... ... I've had tasty Vega Sicilia Unicos from that year but that vintage is now nearly twice the price of the LaLas.I'd also consider South Africa. If you're willing to spring for that Unico's tariff, then might as well get a Klein Constancia Vin de Constance. Tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need Help


  • Danzante Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • My wine of the year was undoubtedly the 1971 Mascarello Monprivato with the 1970 Vega Sicilia Unico a close second, but what else is new?Obviously I've been drinking and tasting lots of Chianti this year, with a few notable standouts: 2010 Fattoria di Vegi Chianti Classico Riserva, 2013 Montefioralle Chianti Classico Riserva, and while not Chian... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's Your 2016 Wine of the...


  • Tenute Nicosia Frappato Sicilia 2015

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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 startrac@aol.com

    Comment by 1329661Teresa DeCrescenzo 1329661 Teresa DeCrescenzo


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