The New Wines of Mount Etna
“A fine textbook. In straightforward prose, Mr. Spencer traces the long history of making wine within the eruption zone of an active volcano … Excellent armchair traveling.” – Eric Asimov
Best European Wine Book 2021
“This book is a total joy. It is a travel guide (do not even think about heading to Sicily without a copy in your hand luggage); it is a get-to-know-you; it is a reference book; it is a love letter.” – Tamlyn Currin
Everything about Mount Etna arrives in small measures. Frequent changes in topography, elevation, sunlight, wind, and soils influence the color, aromas, and flavors of a wine, but every neighbor also has an idea of how best to interpret the grapes, terrain, and vintage. This is part of what makes these volcanic wines so exciting. They often escape the cross hairs of precise definition.
Thirty years ago this wasn’t the case. Vineyards growing on the slopes of the volcano Mount Etna were nearly abandoned. Now there are more than one hundred estates making some of the finest wines in the world.
This kind of rapid change doesn’t come easy. In The New Wines of Mount Etna, An Insider’s Guide to the History and Rebirth of a Wine Region, American wine expert Benjamin Spencer explores the practices, history, and joys of making wine on Europe’s largest active volcano, with a foreword from Susan Hulme MW.
Published by Gemelli Press
Benjamin Spencer is an American journalist, author, wine judge, and the founder of the Etna Wine School. He holds a Diploma of Wines and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and a writing degree from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He lives in Sicily.
Susan Hulme was awarded the title of Master of Wine in 2005. She teaches wine courses for the public and trade, including the WSET. She also judges for the International Wine & Spirit Competition and is a regular contributor to Decanter Magazine. Susan wrote the forward for The New Wines of Mount Etna.
Gemelli Press is a boutique independent publishing company based out of Seattle, Washington and Mount Airy, North Carolina. The company has twin passions for both books and Italy. Gemelli Press was founded in 2007 and continues to publish high quality memoirs, works of fiction, cookbooks, children’s books and travel guides. Books can be found and ordered through any local independent bookstore, and online.
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