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  • 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
  • Article Inside information

    Marsala loses its champion

    Last Friday, Marco De Bartoli, Marsala wine's undisputed leader and one of the most admired wine personalities in Italy, died at the age of 66 after a…

    21 Mar 2011 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    COS Ramí 2009 Sicilia

    From €10.60, US$23.44, £13.80 Find this wine   You may remember my rather gushing review of Cos Frappato 2008 IGT Sicilia  earlier this year,…

    31 Aug 2010 Julia Harding MW
  • Article Inside information

    Sicilia en primeur

    See Walter's tasting notes on 75 Sicilian wines shown at this year's en primeur tasting. While the dust of Bordeaux 2009 en primeur has yet to…

    4 May 2010 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Sicily today - a tasting audit

    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…

    4 May 2010 Walter Speller
  • Article Tasting articles

    Cerasuolo di Vittoria - Sicily's DOCG

    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…

    20 Apr 2010 Walter Speller
  • Article Inside information

    DOC Sicilia proposed

    At this year's Sicilia En Primeur 2010 event, of which more later, featuring the wines of 65 Sicilian producers grouped together under the Assovini…

    19 Apr 2010 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    COS Frappato 2008 IGT Sicilia

    From €10.05, £13.49, US$24.99 Find this wine. Sometimes you taste a wine and you want to do two things at once: (a) clear the room, sit down, and…

    9 Feb 2010 Julia Harding MW
  • Article Inside information

    Vino contro la mafia

    Charities which focus on the production of wines can expect to elicit the same reaction most organic wines have provoked: it is laudable but is the…

    22 Dec 2009 Walter Speller
  • Article Wines of the week

    Planeta 2006 Cerasuolo di Vittoria, IGT Sicilia

    Find this wine   This week’s wine is not only deliciously easy to like and thoroughly unlike any other wine I have tasted, it also teaches us a…

    20 May 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Free for all

    Etna - the burgundy of the Mediterranean?

    This is a longer version of an article also published in the Financial Times.See also tasting notes on nearly 60 Etna wines.One of the most exciting…

    5 Apr 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Tasting articles

    Etna - the tasting notes

    See also my overview Etna - the burgundy of the Mediterranean? The nearly 60 tasting notes below were taken at the Contrade dell'Etna wine fair…

    3 Apr 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Videos

    Sicilian video 3

    The corpulent chef you see here popping out from the tent apparently works in the Passopisciaro winery during the day and in a local pizzeria at…

    2 Apr 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Videos

    Sicilian video 2

    Yesterday we saw preparations for the first big public wine event on the slopes of Mount Etna designed to show the differences between wines made in…

    1 Apr 2008 Jancis Robinson