• #wine #winetasting,  Sicilia,  Sicily

    Flavorful, Flexible and Fun Frappato

    As Italy has over 550 grape varietals, it has been a fun journey trying to explore each one. In fact, it has been said that you can try a new or different grape variety each day of the year, and there will still be some varieties left undiscovered! Wine is produced in each of Italy’s 20 regions, which is quite remarkable. Today, we are going to head south to the Island of Sicily and take a closer look at the grape known as Frappato. Do you know Frappato?  Frappato or Frappato di Vittoria is a red wine grape grown primarily in South-eastern Sicily in the town of Vittoria, province of…

  • #wine #winetasting,  Apulia,  Basilicata,  Calabria,  campania,  events,  Molise,  Puglia,  Sicilia,  Sicily,  travel

    Southern Italian Wines take Center Stage at Radici del Sud

    Showcasing Southern Italy While most people are familiar with the wines of Central Italy and Tuscany (Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscans, Trebbiano, etc.) and those of Northern Italy (Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, etc.), the wines of Southern Italy are lesser known. The fact that Italy has over 500 grape varieties, making it that much more challenging. Yet, winemakers, wine tasters, journalists and many others are doing their part to promote wines of the south.  Radici del Sud is one such organization. Since 2005, Radici del Sud endeavors to shine the spotlight on Southern Italy by featuring wines produced from native grapes in Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Calabria and Sicily.  Radici del…

  • Sicilia,  Sicily

    Sicily’s Scorched Earth Wines at Gambino Winery

    Tasting Volcanic Wines at Gambino Vini  On a recent trip to the Italian peninsula, we were able to spend some time in the south.  Having some root in the boot (Sciacca), we spent the most time in Sicily.  Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean to the very south.  Sicily has nine provinces: Palermo, Catania, Messina, Siracusa, Ragusa, Enna, Caltanissetta, Agrigento, Trapani. It’s varied landscapes add to its beauty, charm and character.  Sicily has an amazing coastline (all the provinces have one, except Enna) and mountains, such as the volcanic Mount Etna. Sicily is known for its great cuisine (arancini, pasta alla Norma, caponata, italian ice, spumone, ) which…

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