THE NEW WINES OF MT ETNA

THE NEW WINES OF MOUNT ETNA

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.

THE NEW WINES OF MOUNT ETNA

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PRAISE FOR #NWOME

The New Wines of Mount Etna is by far the most comprehensive, well-thought out and compelling book written to date on the Etna wine region. Both wine experts and wine lovers will find an answer to many questions they may have regarding Etna. Ben Spencer is a real insider and it shows. He has done an incredible amount of research and now his immense wealth of knowledge is accessible to everyone. If you want to really grasp the essence and the history of the region, understand its soul, its people, its wines and live the Etna experience to the fullest, this book is a must read.”
Antonio Benanti, Owner of Benanti Winery
and President of the Consorzio per la Tutela dei Vini Dell`Etna

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“To me, Sicily has always been a magical place, full of unexpected encounters and serendipity. The New Wines of Mount Etna is all you need to make your own personal discoveries and create your own Etna story.”
Susan Hulme, Master of Wine, United Kingdom

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“The New Wines of Mount Etna offers insight and invokes emotions. As an outsider ex-pat turned expert insider, [Benjamin Spencer] portrays Etna with passion, sincerity and resolution like no other before him. This book is highly recommended for those who love Etna wines and anyone who wants first hand knowledge about this profound and mysterious wine region.
Arto Koskelo, Author & Jedi-Level Wine Drinker, Finland

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The New Wines of Mount Etna is a much needed resource for wine lovers and professionals about one of the most dynamic and complex wine regions of the past and present, Mount Etna. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to delve deeper into their Italian and volcanic wine education and learn the fascinating story of this constantly evolving, active terroir.”
Brittany Carlisi, Italian Wine Specialist

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“A book like The New Wines of Mt. Etna has simply never existed before in the English language. Ben has gone to great lengths to bring together the unique history, culture, and traditions of this region, one that is simultaneously up-and-coming and extremely ancient. The research that has gone into producing this work and weaving together myriad points of view is tremendous, and yet it remains an enjoyable read. I wish that when I had begun coming to the region several years ago that this book had existed — it’s an excellent primer for anyone interested in learning more about what makes Etna so unique, with a thumbprint that is all Ben’s own.”
Sarah Bray DipWSET, Writer, Brand Consultant, and Educator, USA

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The New Wines of Mount Etna captures how Etna has become one of the wine world’s most sought after and important wine regions. The antiquity of Etna’s heroic vines and stories of rediscovery are depicted beautifully.”
Shelley Lindgren, Owner & Wine Director A16 & SPQR

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The New Wines of Mount Etna is one of the best wines books I have read. Ben has done the near-impossible: provide deep knowledge
& make it fun. Bravo!”
Jeff Porter, Host of Sip Trip

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“No region is hotter or more dynamic right now than Mount Etna. And I know from personal experience, nobody’s a better guide to the region than Benjamin North Spencer. Until you can go there yourself, let The New Wines of Mount Etna be your resource. It’s accurate, honest, comprehensive, and a great read.”
Fred Swan, Writer and Sommelier

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“Written for American and foreign visitors, Spencer’s book is stuffed with important details like pistamutta, alberelli planted in quinconce, stone palmenti, and what to expect when you visit wineries in the Etna DOC. The New Wines of Etna is your recommended handbook.”
Susan Gordon, VIA Italian Wine Ambassador

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“If you are even a bit interested in Mount Etna wines, you’re sure to love Benjamin’s new book. You’ll explore every nook, learn about every winery, and understand the dynamic evolution in progress on this breathtaking landscape.”
Jeff Burrows, FoodWineClick.com

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ABOUT THE AUTHORBenjamin Spencer is an American journalist, author, wine judge, and the founder of the Etna Wine School in Sicily. 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. His work has been featured by BBC World Service, Wine Spectator, The Telegraph, Rick Steves, and others. He lives in Sicily.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHERGemelli Press is a boutique independent publishing company based out of Seattle, Washington and Mount Airy, North Carolina. We have twin passions for both books and Italy. Gemelli Press began in 2007 and continues to publish high quality memoirs, works of fiction, cookbooks, children’s books and travel guides. Our titles can be found and ordered through your local independent bookstore, and online.


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