Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sommeliers help save our skins

  Winemaking can be a struggle when the elements are against you as they are here on Etna, and finding a market for the wines can be equally challenging.  Despite producing reasonably modest quantities from an area which has recently … Continue reading

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Casa Cuseni

Producing wine often provides rewards that can sometimes make up for the often meagre financial return.  An example of this came by way of an invitation from Alex Burge to visit probably one of the most beautiful houses in Taormina.  Alex is overseas sales director for Andrea Franchetti, … Continue reading

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When Ciro and I first thought about re-kindling the family legacy of winemaking, which dates back to the mid 1600’s, his father told him to forget it, as a great deal of  time and money had been spent on his degree … Continue reading

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“Just do it”!  Kristin Espinasse, author of ‘Words in a French Life’ and blogger célèbre, encouraged me over dinner at ‘Cisterna Fuori’ one balmy evening during the past summer.  We lounged on settles in the soft flickering lantern light, wine glasses glinting in our hands, picking … Continue reading

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