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Val di Mazara–West Glistens
Alberello Pantesco As the sun
sets on 2014, both Pantelleria and Marsala are glistening.  On November 26, 2014 Italy’s Minister of
Agriculture announced that UNESCO has awarded World Heritage status to the
traditional bush-training system for grapevines use...

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Sicilia en Primeur 2014
Sicilia en Primeur is an annual event sponsored by Assovini Sicilia, a dynamic association of Sicilian wine producers who work together to promote
their island and wines.  The 11 th edition of this tasting event took place this year from May 27-29 at the

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Vinitaly 2014 and Expo MIlan 2015
Fran and Bill at Vinitaly 2014 (photo courtesy of Cronache di Gusto) We
recently returned from Vinitaly in Verona.  As you enter the fair through VeronaFiere’s main gate called Cangrande , the Sicilia Padiglione (pavilion) is among the first to catch your

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Putting Sicily on the Map
Sicilia   in the Ebstorf Mappamundi (V&A) In the
thirteenth century world map known as the Ebstorf
Mappamundi the island of Sicily was depicted as a plump apple, pomegranate
or peach-shaped fruit.  While the
original of this map was destroyed in World War I...

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Sestini's Sicily
On the walk leading
from Florence's Piazza della Signoria, past the Uffizi Gallery, and to the
Ponte Vecchio you could understandably stroll by this fortress-like building bearing
the name Accademia Dei Georgofili (Georgofili
Academy) without taking notice....

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Golden Pairing
Tenuta Gorghi Tondi estate from Mazara del Vallo in Western Sicily produces a
dessert wine ( passito ) called Grillo D’Oro (Golden Grillo).   It is made from dried Grillo grapes which have been graced by muffa nobile (noble rot or botrytis).   Bill and ...

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Sicilian School
From the Sicilian
court of King Frederick II in the early 13 th century there emerged a
Romantic poetry written in the vernacular language and in a new poetic form –
the sonnet.  Frederick II was himself a
learned man of science and poetry.  This
group of p...

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Bonu Natali
Madonna and Child by Antonello da Messina (1473) Christmas greetings to all .    It has been an honor to share  The World of Sicilian Wine  with you this year.    We wish you a joyous and peaceful 2014. To learn about this magnificent painting and its creat...

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Etna Harvest
week as we read about the harvests taking place on Mount Etna, we were reminded
of a special vendemmia which we shared
on Etna in the autumn of 2010.  It was late
September/early October.   One morning we drove to a small vineyard in
the contrada (haml...

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Radio Sicily
We were delighted to be interviewed recently by Lynn Krielow Chamberlain on her iTunes radio
show, iWineRadio, about our book,  The World of Sicilian Wine .   We described how we were inspired to tell the
story of Sicily and its wine culture after our first...
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