Etna: nuovi vini molto antichi

Emozionante il racconto dell’Etna, fatto da alcuni dei suoi più grandi protagonisti: Andrea Franchetti, Alberto Graci, Salvo Di Bella, Benjamin Spencer, Salvo Foti e Frank Cornelissen su Rai Italia:

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Lo trovate cliccando qui.


Etna Wine Scales the Heights (Wine-Searcher)

-SeearcherEtna is full of surprises, as Planeta winemaker Patricia Toth can tell you. As the winery produces wines from several different estates across Sicily, Toth understands the uniqueness of Etna.

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A Week-Night Dinner in Sicily (#ItalianFWT)

The Swirling Dervish

Raw Swordfish at Fish Market (Close-Up) Sicilian Swordfish Fresh Off the Boat (photo by BingoKid)

This Saturday the Italian Food Wine Travel group is off to Sicily for an exploration of the island’s food, wine, history, and culture.  Why don’t you join us?  We gather (virtually) at 11 am eastern time, following the #ItalianFWT on Twitter.  On the first Saturday of each month the group focuses on a particular region of Italy, sharing travel tips as well as food and wine discoveries.  It’s always a lively discussion, and I come away inspired to track down a new wine or test a new recipe.  Our guide to Sicily will be Martin Redmond, of Enofylz Wine Blog fame, and it’s sure to be a good time!  Here’s what’s on tap for the chat:

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Le Quattro Viti 2017 AIS della Sicilia

Altro giro, altri premi! E’ il turno delle Quattro Viti della Guida Vitae dell’AIS.

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I “Vini di Veronelli 2017” Siciliani

Altro giro, altra guida, altre opinioni e valutazioni (sempre, naturalmente, suscettibili di discussione, critica, approvazione o meno).

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Etna Rosso: Wine from the Slopes of an Active Volcano #ItalianFWT


Volcanic Wines Erupt on #ItalianFWT
This month, our Italian Food Wine & Travel group is exploring the topic of Volcanic Wines from Italy. Cruise down further in this post to see what my fellow Italophiles have posted, and if you see this in time, join our chat. Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10am CDT look for the #ItalianFWT hashtag on Twitter. We love visitors!

Valle Galfina Etna Rosso and Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso The grapes for Etna Rosso wines are grown on the slopes of an active volcano, Mt. Etna.

The Mystery of Mt. Etna – Active Volcano and Vineyard
On our first Italian Food Wine & Travel group’s virtual trip through Italy, I fell completely in love with Sicily. A very large island off the toe of Italy’s boot, Sicily offers an incredible variety of landscapes, seaside, grapes, and foods. After all, where else in the world do you eat a gelato filled brioche for breakfast?

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Italian wines from Mondo Imports: Passopisciaro (The Australian)


In Australia, raccontano i vini dell’Etna in questo modo

2013 Cantina Passopisciaro Etna Rosso, Sicily, about $70.

Made from the Sicilian native grape nerello mascalese, a variety that brings to mind a hypothetical cocktail of pinot noir, nebbiolo and a dash of carignan for good measure. The rich volcanic vineyard soils of Etna are on full display with aromas of warm, smoky earth characters combining with mixed Mediterranean spices. The flavours are uncompromisingly savoury, with characters of Italian herbs and minerals and a bright sour-cherry acidity keeping this medium-bodied wine on its toes, notwithstanding its alcoholic strength of 14 per cent. If you enjoy chateauneuf or barolo, give it a try.

Sorgente: Italian wines from Mondo Imports: Passopisciaro, Monsanto, Piero Langhe and Fratelli D’Anna

Franchetti Vertical… (Duvault Blochet)

Franchetti is an ever-oscillating blend of Petit Verdot (richness and depth) and Cesanese d’Affile (lift and elegance). It was a wine first made in 2005.

For me, the drinking window looks to be in the same zone as serious Barbera i.e 4-7 years after production.

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Vino della settimana: Contrada S 2013 di Passopisciaro

Versato nel calice il colore è rubino chiaro, tipico del Mascalese in purezza. All’olfatto un iniziale sentore vinoso, di vino fresco quasi mostoso, ma con l’aria si evolve e vengon fuori la viola, i piccoli frutti rossi, la ciliegia sotto spirito, infine le note terziarie di liquirizia e pepe nero. In bocca il pilastro principale è la spiccata acidità, la trave il tannino comunque non esagerato, buona la struttura; ne vien fuori un vino vispo, quasi sbarazzino.

Qui l’intera recensione del Vino della settimana: Contrada S 2013 di Passopisciaro.