Connecting people to their heritage in Sicily brings me great joy, and this weekend I was thrilled to be able to connect two sisters to Sicily, this time through wine. They explained that their last name is Aitala, and asked if I knew how they could purchase the Sicilian wine of the same name. Well, coincidentally, last spring, I had the pleasure of tasting Aítala wines when I attended a tasting by its U.S. importer, Tribeca Vini.
I loved both Aítala’s Etna Bianco and Etna Rosso. The white, pictured, for example, was crisp and smooth with hints of citrus and flowers (according to my notes). The sisters explained that their great uncle founded the winery on Etna, which is still owned and operated by their distant cousins. The happy ending is that I connected them with my Tribeca Vini friends, and now they’re on their way to drinking these fantastic D.O.C. (Denominazione di origine controllata) wines produced using organic agriculture within the community of Linguaglossa.