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    Sicily in 2013 - a guide

    Walter has been writing so many articles as a result of his travels in Sicily this year that we thought a guide to his coverage would be useful. The…

    27 Jun 2013 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Tasting articles

    Mamertino - the tasting notes

    See The resurrection of Mamertino and Mamertino's producers - all of them. In the picture is Alessia Planeta of western Sicily who pointed Walter…

    4 Jun 2013 Walter Speller
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    Mamertino producers - all of them

    See The resurrection of Mamertino and the tasting notes. Following Alessio's car in the blazing sunlight, in stark contrast to the aquamarine sea,…

    4 Jun 2013 Walter Speller
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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