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  • Article Inside information

    The resurrection of Mamertino

    The Italian winescape is awash with ancient wine denominations, of which unfortunately quite a few are languishing in obscurity or exist on paper…

    3 Jun 2013 Walter Speller
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    Enza La Fauci - high heels in the vineyard

    See Sicily in 2013 - a guide for links to all related articles.The day after my Faro tasting I was picked up from Messina by an elegantly clad lady…

    24 May 2013 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Faro - Sicily's new hotspot

    Readers may remember how only last year I raved about the Faro wines of two producers, Bonavita and Salvatore's Geraci's Palari estate. Faro is a…

    23 May 2013 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    Terre Nere Rosato 2011 Etna

    From €13.50, $17.99, 129 Swedish krone, 1,010 roubles, £85 a dozen in bondFind this wineHere's a rosé to drink in a snowstorm, so solid, intriguing…

    9 Nov 2012 Jancis Robinson
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    How good is Nero d'Avola?

    Can Nero d'Avola produce fine wines that express a very specific place of origin and improve with age? Sicilian father and son Vito (pictured left)…

    7 Nov 2012 Julia Harding MW
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    Italian battle of St James's Street

    The rival, royal warrant-holding wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd and Justerini & Brooks face each other across London’s St James’s Street. For…

    31 Oct 2012 Jancis Robinson Walter Speller
  • Article Free for all

    Fires ravage Etna vineyards

    8 Aug - Barbara Santilli adds, 'Although It's still hard to assess the damage, Andrea says we lost about 20% of the 2012 production; from…

    7 Aug 2012 Jancis Robinson
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    Foti of Etna revisited

    Last year I reported on Salvo Foti, one of Etna's most prominent consultant oenologists, and especially his stance on ambient yeasts (as can be…

    7 Aug 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Don't quote me

    Will DOC Sicilia succeed?

    On my recent visit to Tasca d'Almerita's estate in Sicily, I was keen to discuss the brand-new DOC Sicilia. As reported in Sicilia DOC, the former…

    29 May 2012 Walter Speller
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    An evening with Alberto Tasca d’Almerita

    ‘Alberto Tasca d’Almerita – CEO’ reads his business card. It perfectly describes this elegantly clad, dynamic 40-something pictured below who,…

    28 May 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Palari - saviour of Faro

    I am late. Actually, I am terribly late. On my way to Azienda Palari, owned by architect Salvatore Geraci and his brother Giampaolo, the estate's…

    24 May 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Introducing Faro – Azienda Bonavita

    While Professor Scienza is trying to convince Sicilian producers to discover the wealth of their indigenous grape varieties (see Sicily - back to its…

    23 May 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Sicily turns a corner

    Sicily, with its many layers of different civilisations such as the Greek one in evidence here at Agrigento, is one of the most thrilling places I…

    16 May 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Don't quote me

    How (not) to organise a tasting

    Every year the en primeur tasting organised by Assovini Sicilia demands of the attendees a certain strategic approach. Last year, for example, my…

    15 May 2012 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Sicily - back to its roots

    How many grape varieties does Italy have? 600? 800? 1,400? The Oxford Companion even estimates an impressive 2,000 different varieties [in the…

    10 May 2012 Walter Speller