Etna’s Chestnut Past

The forests on the volcano Etna contain hundreds of thousands of chestnut trees. Over the last millennia the forests have served as a resource for wood barrels and tanks.  When compared to other wood containers, research has proven that the chestnut wood helps the red wines (Etna Rosso) retain deeper color for a longer period … Continue reading Etna’s Chestnut Past

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The Earthquakes and Eruptions of 1669

The 16th and 17th centuries were hard on Etna inhabitants. Multiple, very damaging, prolonged eruptions resculpted the territory, devastated the landscape, displaced residents, wiped out villages, and buried valuable agricultural space. One eruption was particularly destructive. Following several days of strong earthquakes, a collapse in Mount Etna's central crater on March 11, 1669 forced open … Continue reading The Earthquakes and Eruptions of 1669

“Etna is …” #Winelovers Speak

https://youtu.be/GHmKXEsHxN8?rel=0 For the best experience, watch the video above in HD (high definition). [Select "settings" in the lower right of the screen and choose your preferred resolution.] I do a lot of grass roots wine education—for individuals, small groups, sommeliers, importers, wine schools, and journalists—using Etna as a lens to have an engaged conversation about … Continue reading “Etna is …” #Winelovers Speak

Etna “breathes”

During a ten-year study of Mount Etna, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory filmed the expansion and contraction of the mountain surrounding the vertical and lateral lava chambers that constructed and reconstructed the volcano over the recent 220,000 years. Between 1992 and 2001, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) used … Continue reading Etna “breathes”