TBA, Waltham, MA
Please bring: A bottle of Etna or Cerasuolo di Vittoria wine in the $20+ price range in a brown paper wine bag, 4 wine glasses and some food to share.
Where better to take our taste buds in December than to Sicily? Sicilian sex appeal is at the core of what makes this Italian region so unique today. The island is attractive not simply from an aesthetic point of view with gorgeous beaches, colorful fish markets, Greek temples, friendly people, excellent food and touring opportunities; emerging is a self-awareness, confidence and philosophical maturity—especially where wine matters are concerned—that make Sicily intellectually seductive as well.
Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, Sicily's classic Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to the production of wine grapes. The warm, dry climate means that mildews and rots are kept to a minimum, particularly in well-ventilated areas which benefit from coastal breezes. This low disease pressure means that chemical sprays are hardly needed, so much Sicilian wine is produced from organic grapes.
Ironically, the island's near-perfect vine-growing conditions played a key role in the downfall of Sicilian wine in the late 20th Century when the Italian government offered subsidies for 'upgrading' to higher-yielding vine management techniques. Then many thousands of acres of low-yielding bush vines were rapidly converted to high-yielding tendone (pergola) or guyot (cane-pruning) training methods. These higher yields naturally led to imbalanced, flavor-lacking wines – a drop in quality which was soon mirrored by a drop in consumer confidence. The market was soon awash with low-quality, low-priced Sicilian wine. Happily, the movement to reverse this reputation is well underway, and Sicily is now one of Italy's most promising and interesting wine regions.
For this tasting we will focus on the wines from the following regions where growers have emphasized quality (as opposed to the volume-based approach that growers on other parts of the island embrace):
Etna wines, like a Burgundian Pinot Noir, deliver the grace of a ballerina and the power of a kickboxer
Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines are made with the fascinating Frappato grape which is currently garnering international attention.
Hi, I love wine and I am looking forward to meeting new friends!
Born and raised in the Boston area. Looking to enhance my knowledge of wine!
Love experimenting and tasting new wines, and enjoy meeting new people.
I love wine and would like to learn more with tastings among other wine lovers.
Long time wine aficionado