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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
  • 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
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    DOC Sicilia is a (highly disputable) fact

    The Comitato Nazionale Vini, Italy's national wine commision dealing with all proposals regarding designations, has approved the new DOC Sicilia. As…

    4 Jul 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    VeroVini IGT Sicilia

    Not (yet?) available outside Italy, alas. Checking over our wines of the week so far this year, I see that the most popular single type of wine has…

    10 Jun 2011 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Free for all

    Sicilian week - a guide

    Below is a guide to all the articles on Sicily published on this site this week. We hope you enjoyed some of my insights into the fast-changing…

    6 May 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Some Etna classics

    See this Guide to our Sicilian week. This is the finale of Walter Speller's series on Sicily, published this week. Starting with Etna - should…

    6 May 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Etna's endangered yeasts

    See this Guide to our Sicilian week. The penultimate article in Walter Speller's series on Sicily, published this week. Other articles include…

    5 May 2011 Walter Speller
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    Sicilia DOC? And Brand Nero d'Avola

    See this Guide to our Sicilian week. This series of articles by Walter Speller on Sicily, Italian wine's hotspot, also includes Etna - should…

    4 May 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Sicilia en primeur 2011

    See this Guide to our Sicilian week. These tasting notes accompany a series of articles by Walter Speller on Sicily, Italian wine's hotspot,…

    4 May 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Etna - a change in the rules

    This is the second in the series of articles by Walter Speller on Sicily, Italian wine's hotspot, that we are publishing all this week. Following on…

    3 May 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    Etna - should it be DOCG?

    See this Guide to our Sicilian week. This is the first of a series of articles by Walter Speller on Sicily, Italian wine's hotspot, that we will be…

    2 May 2011 Walter Speller