Charlemagne Wine Club - 2013 Tastings
21 October 2013
Sicily with Vivienne Franks
Vivienne will be familiar to regular members, having presented to us in the past on Hungary, Austria, South Africa and Tuscany.
She makes a welcome return to Charlemagne in October to show us what Sicily has to offer and tell us why it is currently such an exciting region for wine.
Sicily's warm, sunny climate and dramatic landscape of mountains and green rolling hills make it an ideal place to grow grapes and make wine. For years it was the source of Italy’s bulk wine supply, dull, uninspiring and sometimes worse. Now, however, after recent investment in both vineyards and wineries, passionate family producers are showing the way to fresh fragrant whites from indigenous varieties such as Grillo, Catarratto and Inzolia, rich, spicy reds from Nero d'Avola, Frappato and Nerello Mascalese as well as excellent wines from well known international grape varieties.
The wines tasted were :-
Zibibbo 2012 Agricola Ottoventi - The Wine Society - £10.95
Fiano Mandarossa 2012 Cantine Settesoli - The Wine Society - 6.95
Etna Bianco 2012 Cantine Nicosia - The Wine Society - £8.50
Inzolia 2012 Caruso & Minini - SWIG - £10.95
Carricante 2011 AZ Planeta - SWIG - 18.95
Nero D’Avola 2011 AG Canicatti - The Wine Society - £6.50
Etna Rosso 2010 Cantine Nicosia - The Wine Society - £10.95
Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2010 AZ AG Cos - Noel Young Wines - 20.49