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  • Article Tasting articles

    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 Don't quote me

    2013 books - Europe

    Paul O'Doherty reviews the latest crop of wine books. The World of Sicilian Wine Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino University of California…

    2 Jan 2014 Guest contributor
  • 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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    Centopassi - breaking the silence

    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…

    5 Aug 2013 Walter Speller
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    Sicilia en primeur 2013 – the final leg

    See Sicily in 2013 - a guide for links to all related articles.After my exhilarating adventures in Messina and Mamertino, followed by an impressive…

    17 Jul 2013 Walter Speller
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    Tasca d’Almerita comes full circle

    Cheek gets you everywhere. At least that is what I thought for a moment when I contacted Alberto Tasca d’Almerita (pictured below, on the phone) with…

    2 Jul 2013 Walter Speller
  • Article Free for all

    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
  • Article Inside information

    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
  • 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
  • Article Inside information

    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