As Julia and I douse our palates in hundreds of 2007s in Bordeaux this week, I leave you with images of my recent trip to Etna in Sicily to keep you amused. I shall be reporting on the exciting wines now being produced on the slopes of Mount Etna on Saturday and will be publishing my tasting notes at the end of this week.
Below you see the reason I was lured to Sicily in the first place, the first ever wine fair celebrating the so-called contrade of Etna. A contrada is an Italian term for an area defined by its displaying one distinguishing characteristic. On Etna, that means its lava flow remains. (There is lava one-upmanship around here. "My lava's blacker than yours", etc.)
It was the brainchild of Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trinoro in Tuscany and was held at his new (actually very old and handsome) Sicilian winery near the village of Passopisciaro. Here we see preparations for this all-Sunday event.