Posts tagged "Sicily"
Etna and why Sicily is Italy's most exciting wine region.

Etna and why Sicily is Italy’s most exciting wine region.

I have held for some time now that Sicily is Italy’s most exciting wine region.  I am not saying it is the best mind you, just the most exciting.  It’s the wild west of Italian wine with the gamut ranging from pioneers like COS to maverick’s like Frank Cornelissen to up and comers like Arianna Occhipinti. ...
Exploring Etna:  Calabretta 2000 Rosso

Exploring Etna: Calabretta 2000 Rosso

My love of Sicilian wines is well documented, and I readily admit to some serious bias for Sicilian wines as I have family roots back to the island, namely to the area of Messina.  And wine has been in our family history, as it has in the family history of many Italian American’s, with my...
Italian Extremes:  Produttori Carema + COS

Italian Extremes: Produttori Carema + COS

In a recent fit of Italian inspiration I devised to try wines from opposite ends of Italy.  From the North, I chose a favorite from Produttori Carema, grown in the foothills of the Alps.  And I went as far south as I could to Sicily, with a bottle of COS Pithos.  Now, these are two...
COS Nero di Lupo 2009 + Sicilian Dreaming

COS Nero di Lupo 2009 + Sicilian Dreaming

I continue to dream of Sicily every time I taste wines from COS.  My roots run back to Sicily on my mother’s side with my great grand parent having immigrated to America, and having come through Ellis Island some time in the last century.  One always hears of how magical Sicily can be, and it...
Wines From the Fringe:  Dettori & Calabretta

Wines From the Fringe: Dettori & Calabretta

The last two sentences on the back label of Dettori wines is one of the coolest statements on the wine in the bottle ever/anywhere.  A big F*** You.  They don’t care if you like the wine.  I so love that, and their wines, it reads:  “Sorry, but we don’t follow the market, we produce wines...
Occhipinti SP68 & an Explanation on Natural/Bio/Organic

Occhipinti SP68 & an Explanation on Natural/Bio/Organic

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong.  And I can admit as much.  I had been one of the only ones to not fall in love immediately with Arriana Occhipinti’s SP68.  This was a slow build.  But it has culminated in true love.  Not just hearing everyone and their mother banging on about Occhipiniti wines, I had...
Real Men Drink Rosé.  Aged Rosé!

Real Men Drink Rosé. Aged Rosé!

While I would like to try and put aged rosé into words, I cannot.  I happen to really like rosé wines (a bit of an admission for some guys), but aged rosé is something of a white unicorn.  Very, very rare.  Mythical in fact.  There are really, maybe, only a handful of folks out there...
Under $20 Awesomeness

Under $20 Awesomeness

If you think you have to spend a lot to get a lot, well I can tell you, that is not always the case.  And here are two very fine examples for your consideration. First up, Domaine Monpertuis 2009 Cote du Rhone.  Normally I avoid Cotes du Rhone for the very fact that they are...
Vini Siciliani

Vini Siciliani

Having recently finished an excellent book on the wine scene in Sicily, I can’t get it out of my mind.  Maybe also because of some of the excellent Sicilian wines experienced on the LA adventure, or perhaps that my family roots run to Sicily on my mother’s side.  I have always wanted to go there,...