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Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in News, Wineries | 0 comments

The first sparkling wine Etna DOC!

The first sparkling wine Etna DOC!

The first Etna sparkling wine to have obtained the DOC recognition all ready to celebrate New Years Eve of 2013!  It is a single varietal wine-  made entirely of Nerello Mascalese,  in rosè, méthode champenoise. The harvest is that of 2011. The prise de mousse of 20 months, dégorgement December  2013. The result is a brut rosè, with an alcoholic gradation of 12°. The name of the ‘spumante’ is that of the winery which produced it: La Gelsomina, located on the north east slopes of Etna. A young winery owned by Maria Colombo Adalgisa and Alfio Turrisi, producing around 25000 bottles of wine per year of which 1300 of Etna DOC Brut Rosè. The aim of the company is to turn all of the production into sparkling wines in the future. Happy birthday First Etna DOC Sparkling Wine!...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in News, Wine events | 0 comments

‘Wines of Sicily 2014’ ( Vini di Sicilia 2014)

‘Wines of Sicily 2014’ ( Vini di Sicilia 2014)

    Since 8 Dec 2013 a new guide by Fabrizio Carrera and Gianni Giardina  ‘Wines of Sicily 2014‘ can be purchased from newsagents’ together with ‘Giornale di Sicilia’  for just 5 euroes. 150 wineries and some 650 labels of which 50 have been awarded 5 stars! The award-giving ceremony took place in   Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes, in Palermo on 7 Dec 2013. 3 sparkling wines, 11 whites, 26 reds and 10 fortified wines among the winners. Below the complete list of winners: Sparkling wines Terzavia 2010 Marco De Bartoli Marsala (Tp) Doc Contea di Sclafani Almerita Brut 2010 Tasca d”Almerita Sclafani Bagni (Pa) Palmarés Rosé Extra Dry 2012 Gorghi Tondi Mazara del Vallo (Tp) White wines Bianca di Valguarnera 2011 Duca di Salaparuta Casteldaccia (Pa) Catarratto 2012 Porta del Vento Camporeale (Pa) Salina bianco 2012 Virgona Malfa (Salina) (Me) Chardonnay 2011 Planeta Menfi (Ag) Zibì 2012 Enologica Cassarà Alcamo (Tp) Aquilae Chardonnay 2012 Cva Canicattì (Ag) Doc Etna bianco A’ Puddara 2011 Tenuta di Fessina (Castiglione di...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in News, Wine events | 4 comments

Etna Red Wines seminar

Etna Red Wines seminar

Some of the best producers of wines, a sommelier and an enologist led a fascinating and entertaining discussion today in front of a public that came to learn something about the red wines of Etna. This meeting is a second edition of a series that are planned also for the future to bring the knowledge about a gold medal product of Etna to the general public. As the enologist Pietro di Giovanni was trying to concise the information about the production of the red wines on the unique and fascinating territory of  Etna volcano, Camillo Privitera, the president of Italian Sommelier Association in Sicily and the editor of EnoNews.it took over to teach the tasting techniques while we tasted some of the best vintage wines of Etna. The tasting started with a bottle of Quantico Etna Rosso 2011 presented by Pietro di Giovanni, of his own production, the youngest but definitely interesting. Quantico is a natural wine produced without the addition of sulfates. ‘Not without defects but that’s the...

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