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
During the holidays we come together to show gratitude for the things that matter most in Life. It isn’t always possible to be together with so many of us spread out around the globe but I find solace that we have discovered ways to share the special times in our lives through our common appreciation … Continue reading An International Wine Salute
WITH AN OPEN INVITATION TO NYT WINE WRITER ERIC ASIMOV Dear Eric, I hope this finds you well ... In February 2012, you wrote an article for the New York Times (NYT) about the wines of Mount Etna. I was preparing to announce to my family and colleagues that I was planning to move to … Continue reading Etna Gets Street Wise
http://youtu.be/q1DhJzq6VPY By Benjamin Spencer Every brand rises and falls on its own merits. You cannot market your way to success or leverage every social interaction in a way that makes you an overnight sensation. You must have boots-on-the-ground strategies that work. Over the last two years, since we arrived in Sicily and launched the Etna … Continue reading A Commercial, Wine Hashtags, and A Volcano … Oh My!
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These gorgeous melons are popping up everywhere — in granite, bevande, per dolce dopo pranzo. At about 0.40€/kilo you can't get a better summer delight. 'Anguria' is a Greek and Byzantine word for this fruit, though 'cocomero' can also be used.
Making ricotta takes time. For six generations, the Sgroi family has been producing traditional artisanal cheeses on the slopes of Mount Etna. We love what they do, and we encourage you to visit their store — via Mazzini, 74-76 in Santa Venerina. +39-095-950-222
For our friends on Mount Etna and those beyond, a touch of ingenuity in an otherwise 'fixed' system of exchanges ... Happy reading and, hopefully, happy winemaking ...
The gentility and power of Nature are both beautiful and earthscaping. This intriguing story takes us back in time to 1909 as we learn about the effects of high quantities of water being administered over short periods of time into the Duoro Valley. Enjoy!
104 years ago, almost to the day, one of the most notorious floods in the recorded history of the Douro Valley wreaked havoc along the River Douro’s course, unleashing its relentless destructive force on countless riverside vineyards, villages and towns. The twin cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, straddling the Douro close to where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean suffered badly, particularly in the days leading up to Christmas. The previous post carried a photograph showing the Malvedos farm manager, Sr. Arlindo pointing to the 1909 flood mark, which is painted on a large slab of schist embedded into one of the stone terrace’s supporting walls currently undergoing restoration at Quinta dos Malvedos. This raised everybody’s curiosity at the Quinta and was quickly followed by some delving into the past to better understand the flood’s scale and how it impacted on Malvedos and the rest of the…
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