The Vendemmia In Sicily

Currently throughout Sicily grape growers are measuring the sugar, acid, and tannin levels of their grapes in preparation for the annual vendemmia, or grape harvest. Up to now, wine-making has been about caring for the vines, pruning the growth, and ensuring that the fruit has received enough air, sunlight, and water for an abundant and…

A Palmento On Etna (Where The Magic Happened)

A palmento is a building and the antique mechanism inside of it where wine grapes were made into juice (mosto) that eventually became wine. This outstanding palmento photographed at Benanti vineyard offers visitors an opportunity to understand the wine-making process from ancient times and how that translates to today’s stainless steal, squeaky-clean laboratories and cantinas….

Drink This Landscape Next Saturday: Order By Midnight

Drink this landscape with us next Saturday! Order by midnight tonight! Join me, Allison Scola of Experience Sicily, with author and wine expert Benjamin North Spencer of Etna Wine School for an online, synchronous wine tasting on Saturday, August 22. Benjamin will be hosting from Sicily, and I’ll be your stateside emcee. Order your Experience…

An Almost Winery Tour In Sicily

Although you currently can’t visit an Etna vineyard like these folks, Experience Sicily can “bring” the wines to you! Join me with author and wine expert Benjamin North Spencer of Etna Wine School for an online, synchronous tasting on Saturday, August 22. Benjamin will be in Sicily, and I’ll be your stateside host. Order your…

Masques For Carnevale In Sicily

Buon Martedì Grasso! Happy Fat Tuesday! Today marks the final day and pinnacle of Carnevale, a topsy-turvy, days-long party of letting go, hidden identity, and mischief that has been celebrated since ancient times. Today’s Carnevale is observed similarly to our American Halloween–children dress in costumes that they plan for weeks and adults attend parties during…