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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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Sicilia on Snooth

  • Ah, research never tasted as good when we were working.  Now it's more ... ... Nero D' Avola from Sicilia.  Sandra (my wife) was the overall winner, so we got to keep the grand prize bottle, a 2011 Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa Superiore - which I opened tonight after we returned hom Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Marchese Montefusco Grillo Sicilia 2014

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    Ripe with notes of tropical fruits and ripe pears. Light and fruity on the palate with light acidity and a nice soft finish. Reminds me of a moscato. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Yes, indeed. Getting lubricated is what we are good at.  My place in ... ... ... of course.  Vega Sicilia Unico, right.  But let's not forget all the solera-based wines, Ports (which are all non-vintage except the declared vintages of "vintage port" and the late-bottled ports).  I didn't say Sherry for solera, because wines from Montilla-Mori... Read More

    Forum post in the topic So What's Your Take, is 2006...


  • JD - what do we notice about the last three of those wines? Sheesh.For me ... ... Pahlmeyer Merlot, 1964 Vega Sicilia Unico, 1999 Fuleky 6P Tokaji-aszu, and 1968 Tondonia blanco.All just exactly what they should have been at the time I drank them. I still have some of them and I wonder if any will provide the same experience a second time. My ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines that Sing


  • Villa Pozzi Merlot Sicilia 2012

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    Modern in style with ripe dark fruit on the nose and palate. Balancing acidity and soft tannins lead to a long finish. This wine reminds me that I need to put Merlot back in my rotation. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tami Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by solargecko


  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Regaleali Bianco Sicilia Tasca 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013

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    Delicious. Great for the price ! Read More

    Wine review by bunnies101


  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013

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    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


  • 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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