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    Contrade dell'Etna 2018 – a riveting scrum

    Contrade dell’Etna, the annual en primeur presentation of Etna wines which took place last April just below Europe’s largest and still active…

    27 Jun 2018 Walter Speller
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    ​Hidden Etna Part 2 – the south and historic west

    See also Hidden Etna Part 1 – the east and the associated tasting notes. For all our recent coverage of the island, see Sicily 2017 – the guide. …

    20 Sep 2017 Walter Speller
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    ​Hidden Etna Part 1 – the east

    This is the first of two riveting articles based on Walter's original researches on the less familiar flanks of Sicily's famous volcano. See also …

    19 Sep 2017 Walter Speller
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    Contrade dell’Etna 2016 - the wines

    See Etna - winemakers' honeypot for my introduction to this tasting. Contrade dell’Etna, the annual presentation of embryonic Etna wines, is becoming…

    11 Oct 2016 Walter Speller
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    Etna - winemakers' honeypot

    See my tasting notes from this year's Contrade dell'Etna.  Last April the ninth edition of the hugely popular Contrade dell’Etna took place in…

    10 Oct 2016 Walter Speller
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    Contrada clarity - Etna's very special 2014s

    Sicily’s Etna is regularly described as the ‘Burgundy of the south’, which I take as a reference to its parcellated, high-density vineyards rather…

    3 Nov 2015 Walter Speller
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    The great Etna landgrab

    This article is also published in the Financial Times. See also my detailed tasting notes . Italy has no shortage of official wine territories…

    15 Nov 2014 Jancis Robinson
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    Etna and other Sicilians

    Amid the doom and gloom surrounding Italy’s 2014 grape harvest, there is one wine region where growers are extremely pleased with their 2014 vintage –…

    13 Nov 2014 Jancis Robinson
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    Etna's ethereal 2013s

    Italy’s fondness for en primeur tastings continues unabated (see, for example, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Nebbiolo Prima, etc, etc).…

    8 Sep 2014 Walter Speller
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    Sicily gets it

    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…

    11 Feb 2014 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    Planeta 2012 Etna Bianco

    From €11.50, £14.50 Find this wine I spent last Friday night in St Michael's Church, Bath, hosting a wine tasting for…

    20 Dec 2013 Jancis Robinson
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    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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    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
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    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