In the coming weeks we will be launching a new website with an online digital classroom for distance learners interested in the wines of Mount Etna.
We all love free stuff. And what’s better than free knowledge? Over the last few years, everything I’ve been working on and learning has gone into The New Wines of Mount Etna. Now that the book is published (and, I might say, receiving rave reviews), I’m donating a bit more time to the bits and …
It’s nice writing a book. You get to dive in to the weeds of research, interviews, and editing to find the little pieces of gold that tie the story together. It’s also nice to read a book, and speak with the author after you’ve closed the cover and placed it on the shelf. Doriana Briguglia, …
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We’ve been voluntarily quarantined in Sicily for a week now. Apart from a bit of rain yesterday, the weather has been beautiful and our spirits have been high. We’ve had a lot of laughs, great naps, and only a few moments of concern. While this mandatory staycation has contributed to more than a few ‘pajama …
Today, we publish The New Wines of Mount Etna, the first book about the people who live and make wine on Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.
Making wine on Europe’s largest active volcano isn’t easy. Triumph and sacrifice are in perpetual rhythm. Yet, throughout history, the unique flavors of the food and wine arriving from the volcano Etna far outweighed the dangers of living and working there.
After centuries of successful international trade, Mount Etna’s vineyards were abandoned in the twentieth century. Today, an attentive generation of winemakers are is refocusing the spotlight on these inimitable volcanic wines
In The New Wines of Mount Etna, American wine expert Benjamin Spencer goes beyond the vines to explore the history and rebirth of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that has everyone talking about Sicily.
There are a lot of wines that play well with food. It just so happens that there are far more exciting wines from the volcano Etna that share the classic profiles of many popular favorites.
Since 2008, producers on Mount Etna have been coming together to share their en primeur wines with the public, the press, and one another. The one-day tasting event, called the Contrade dell’Etna (CdE), was founded by Andrea Franchetti, owner and winemaker at Passopisciaro to promote the uniqueness of Etna wines. This year the CdE will …
In 1965, three men began hiking the slopes and valleys and plains on Mount Etna. They were looking for consistencies in the environment, in the grape vines that were growing there and the flavors of the local wines.