16 wines from Sicily made it this year. Tre bicchieri in Gambero Rosso. 11 reds, 2 whites and 3 sweet wines. That is impressive, no matter what you think about the guide. Amongst the three glasses awards, there was a wine few had tasted before – or even heard of; the 2009 A’ [...]
The volcano man; that’s me. I guess I have no-one but myself to blame. If you’re a fan of Madeira wine, Etna and Santorini, one kind of merits the epithet. Thus, no surprise when I was asked to conduct an Etna tasting!
The Nerello Mascalese based wines of Etna can hardly be placed in [...]
Ero. The name of Tenuta di Fessina’s Nero d’Avola. Imperfect first singular form of the Italian verb essere, meaning I was. Or is it the old High German noun ero which meant earth?
Nevertheless, Tenuta di Fessina’s 2009 Ero Nero d’Avola is just gorgeous. My skepticism when it comes to Nero d’Avola – low [...]
Thanks for taking such great care of the Nerello grapes Signor Ignazio Musmeci. Having tasted the 2007 Musmeci from Tenuta di Fessina I completely understand why Silvia, Roberto and Federico named the wine after you and your family.
The Musmeci puts me in an awkward position. It’s love at the first sniff, at the first [...]
Quick recap of the last post. Nerello Cappuccio doesn’t enjoy the same popularity as the Mascalese grape, something that can be seen in the local Etna DOC which states a minimum of 80% Mascalese, up to 20% of Cappuccio or 10% of other local varieties. However, the Mantiddatu Niuru, the Sicilian name [...]
I don’t force myself to be different and like wines no-one never heard of – or tasted. I just can’t help it but limited production wines seem to suck in my direction whatever I click on.
In this case it is a recently started company in Sicily that got my attention. Tenuta di Fessina. [...]
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