I’m looking forward to spending Day 2 of our upcoming Stunning Sicily tour with Etna Wine School! Benjamin North Spencer, the author of this must-have volume for wine lovers, will host us for a wine making lesson, tour, and tasting at one of these outstanding wineries on Etna. We’ll enjoy a rustic lunch paired with…
The Abundance Of Mount Etna In Sicily
When you walk among the vines at a vineyard like Benanti Viticoltori with our friends at Etna Wine School on the slopes of Mount Etna, you see for yourself what those volcanic soils I mentioned yesterday produce. In this case, outstanding grapes for wine-making. But not only! The Etna region is known for its pistachios,…
Etna Wines Plus Excellent Company Equals A Memorable Evening
It’s hard to capture the sense of enthusiasm and interest that flowed through us all last evening during our Etna Wine Box with Guided Synchronous Online Tasting and Discussion. This photo only gives a glimpse into the more than two hours spent on a virtual visit to Europe’s largest, most active volcano with author Benjamin…
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….
Wine Is Another Window Into Sicily
Wine offers another window into Sicily. The soil, landscape, climate, flora, and fauna of a region all contribute to the taste, smell, and wonder of the island’s now renowned wines. To be continued…
Sunset At A Winery In Sicily
Savor a sunset tour with an enologist at one of Etna’s most revered vineyards during our October Stunning Sicily tour. Your time with the author of the new book, The Etna Report, will go deep into the viniculture of the volcanic wine region and the wine-making process. You’ll learn all about what makes Etna Bianco…
From Cannoli to Couscous to Catarratto In Sicily | Stirring Sicily, Day 3
Live from Sicily! Day 3 of Experience Sicily Stirring Sicily tour..A new meaning to the term “full day.” As in, a day filled with out-of-this-world cannoli, a busiate pasta and couscous cooking class, super cool winery visit at Cantina Quattrocieli … And so much food that we are all full! But wow, so satisfying!
The Grapes Tell Us When
The grapes are getting ready for the harvest! Almost time to make the mosto for the wine.
Live from Sicily! Remote Town, Day 3
Live from Sicily! Day 3 of Life In A Remote Sicilian Town. Cheese making demonstration with ricotta, fresh out of the cauldron with Salvatore Polizzi at the dairy! Mmmmm! We learned about life in a remote farming village, Buscemi, with a demonstration of their local ritual breadmaking for San Biagio. Then, a winery tour and…
Best Wishes To Cantina Quattrocieli
Cantina Quattrocieli in Alcamo, Sicily, a winery I visited in September (pictured), reported that they tasted their novello (new wine) for San Martino, and they are happy with the results thus far. For the young wine makers, who are still growing their business and perfecting their craft, this is wonderful news! Bravi e auguri!