Author Archives: Stephanie Biondi

About Stephanie Biondi

Brought up in Nigeria and sent to Boarding School in England. Has been in Sicily since '91 teaching English and producing award winning wines on Mt Etna with her husband Ciro Biondi since their first vintage in '99.

Food and Phonetics Sicula style

Italian is a highly phonetic language. This means that each sound is almost always graphically represented by the same combination of letters. When Italian children learn to read, they are taught the alphabet and then it’s downhill all the way.  A … Continue reading

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Passione Tasting London

In February we were invited to take part in a tasting which had been organised by our UK importer Passione Vino at a rather smart address in the West End of London.  The event was by invitation only and well … Continue reading

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Berlinale 2012

When we arrived in Berlin it was cold and buzzing with hype about a Nazis -in -space, wacky sci-fi comedy called ‘Iron Sky’ which seems to have become a cult film, even before going on general release. We spent the following … Continue reading

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‘Sicily Unpacked’ in ‘Cisterna Fuori’

Reading tantalizingly glowing reviews about the BBC2 series ‘Sicily Unpacked’ made me all the more frustrated about the BBC’s policy of restricting their audiences to the home front. ‘Currently BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK … Continue reading

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Vive la France !

  One of the most subliminal moments during our short trip to Burgundy was an introduction to the Domaine de la Romainée-Conti Montrachet 2001.  This unique opportunity to taste one of probably the most expensive wines in the world, came about last summer, over … Continue reading

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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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