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A generic tasting of Sicilian wine has become an annual fixture on London's wine calendar. The event is organised by the Istituto Regionale Vini e Olii di Sicilia, which, unlike most other Italian...

Tags:  Sicily, Etna, Faro

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 atmospheric image is of the beautiful Greek...

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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 tiny DOC perched on the windy hills at the...

Tags:  Sicily, Faro

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 have ever visited. My first visit was in 1970...

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How many grape varieties does Italy have? 600? 800? 1,400? The Oxford Companion even estimates an impressive 2,000 different varieties [in the forthcoming Wine Grapes we examine almost 400...

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The following tasting notes and observations on about 75 fine wines made at this year's presentation of Sicilian wines en primeur are divided by grape variety, since the island has such a rich...

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Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Sicily's first (and so far only) DOCG in a sea of vino da tavola and a handful of osbcure, but potentially very interesting DOCs, showed itself with an easy-going...

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In a nutshell: Dessert wine tradition but in complete transformation. Main grapes: Catarratto, Inzolia (white); Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese (red). Sicily is as...

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Mitchell Everard, The Ivy’s genial maitre d’, greeted my host with his trademark smile and warm handshake and added almost in shock, “Well I am surprised to see you here at...

London, many contend, has become the restaurant capital of the world. This is not a claim, however unscientific, I have ever adhered to although I am firmly convinced that the rate of improvement...

Here is a ragbag of Australian Shirazes to have come my way recently in approximate ascending price order - from a bargain and a dullard to the supposed crème de la crème, Grange...

The World of Sicilian Wine Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino University of California Press £24.95/$34.95 This is written by an inseparable...

From €11.50, £14.50 Find this wine I spent last Friday night in St Michael's Church, Bath, hosting a wine tasting for the excellent bookshop Topping &...

Tags:  Sicily, Etna

I am always a little reluctant to make any reference to the mafia in my reports on Italy. Not that I try to deny its existence, but I am far from being an expert on the subject and I am keen to...

Tags:  Sicily, Italy

See Sicily in 2013 - a guide  for links to all related articles. After my exhilarating adventures in Messina and Mamertino , followed by an impressive vertical of Rosso del Conte at...

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