THE NEW WINES of MOUNT ETNA
THE FIRST BOOK ABOUT THE WINES OF MOUNT ETNA IN ENGLISH
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.
PRAISE FOR #NWOME
“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
“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
“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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR — Benjamin 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 PUBLISHER — Gemelli 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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