Tag Archives: Sicily

• Italian Historians Revive Roman Empire Winemaking Techniques

Italian Historians Revive Roman Empire Winemaking Techniques

Historians in Italy are trying to replicate the type of wine drunk during the Roman empire, after referring to 2,000-year-old texts. The team, based at the University of Catania in Sicily, has planted a vineyard near Catania, using tools and techniques that were used by the Romans. The Daily Telegraph reported that the historians are […]

• Etna “has potential to be Burgundy of Italy”

Etna “has potential to be Burgundy of Italy”

The volcanic region of Etna in Sicily has the potential to become Italy’s answer to Burgundy, according to one of the region’s top producers. “Our native red grape Nerello Mascalese has very similar characteristics to Pinot Noir, but with the rusticity of Barolo,” Giuseppe Benanti of Azenda Agricola Benanti said. Speaking at the World Wine […]

• Cooks discover the distinctive flavors of traditional grappa, limoncello

Cooks discover the distinctive flavors of traditional grappa, limoncello

Grappa is generally thought of as firewater, 90-proof rocket fuel. The spirit, which originated in southern Italy and Sicily in the Middle Ages, has been described as the cheap and portable form of central heating for peasants. Fermented from the dregs of the wine-making process — seeds, pulp, skin and stems — it traditionally was scorned […]

• 10 Fantastic Sicilian Wines

10 Fantastic Sicilian Wines

Sicily has more vineyards than any other region in Italy; it also grows more grapes. Granted, the vast majority of those vineyards raise grapes for marsala, the sweet and dry fortified wine (originally created by a British trader in the 18th century) that’s produced in the seaside town of the same name. But in recent […]

• On the Napa road with Jay McInerney

On the Napa road with Jay McInerney

Are we still in the Napa Valley? Certainly not the Napa I’m familiar with. We have turned off Highway 29 into a dense housing development, a maze of nearly identical, recently constructed single-family residences. I’ve spent the day at some of the valley’s iconic wineries, touring cellars gleaming with stainless steel tanks, fragrant with new […]