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The sea outside Marsala

Grillo jumps higher in Sicily!

In this case, grillo is neither an Italian politician nor a grasshopper, but a grape from Sicily. From being one of the ingredients in Marsala producers are moving towards a new style of grillo. Come along to the western part of Sicily, where grillo tries to jump higher on its own. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson […]

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Hill slope and village, Etna, Sicily

Sicilian gastronomy: Giuseppe Raciti wins the prestigious contest

Giuseppe Raciti, a thirty year ‘old Sicilian chef recently won the contest for chefs under thirty in southern Italy. The contest took place at Hotel Palace in Mondello, a holiday village just outside Palermo and was organized by the on line magazine Cronache di Gusto. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson caught Giuseppe for a short interview. […]

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Pietracolce Archineri, Etna, Sicily

A pioneer on the Etna volcano, Pietradolce in six vintages

One of Etna’s top producers, Pietradolce, had its first ever vertical tasting of the estate’s flagship wine, the Archineri, at the food and wine fair Taormina Gourmet in Sicily. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson was there. In the last few years Etna wines has become the talk of the town and wines from the volcano are […]

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Gambero Rossi tasting

In the company of the Red Shrimp at the edge of Europe – selected Italian wines

Gambero Rosso – the red shrimp – is the name of the inn where Pinocchio once ate supper together with the Fox and the Cat. The inn in the fairy-tale world has given its name to Italy’s most famous wine guide and one of the world’s largest annual wine tastings. Sixty tasters go through approximately […]

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Bonavita Faro DOC

Faro DOC 2010, Azienda Agricola Bonavita | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

“I’m glad you like it,” said Giovanni Scarfone from Azienda Agrigola Bonavita. Giovanni has six hectares of Nerello mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera in the tiny appellation Faro DOC in Sicily. In total, the appellation has fifteen producers. [pullquote position=”right”]Giovanni Scarfone’s vineyard is beautifully situated at the Strait of Messina, with a view over Stromboli[/pullquote]. […]

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Tasting Mazzei wines

The house of Mazzei, an Italian wine producer since 24 generations

The Italian wine producer Mazzei has vineyards in Tuscany, in the Maremma coastal region and in Chianti. They also have since some time back vineyards in Sicily. Francesco Mazzei was in Stockholm to present their wines. BKWine’s Anette Zellen Soderstrom met him at the Museum of Modern Art. The house of Mazzei are heroes. Oh […]

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Crowdfunding a feature film about Etna wines on Sicily: Maine’s Vite

They make excellent wines on Etna on Sicily. They also have a very unique and spectacularly beautiful landscape. I am not sure if they are good film-makers but they probably are. A new feature film, in production, aims to celebrate all this while also entertain us. It is a crowdfunding project called Maine’s Vite. Crowdfunding, […]

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Vineyards and a village on the slopes of the Etna volcano

Federico II Rex Sicilie, Azienda Agricola Milazzo, bubbly from Sicily | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

This month I have picked something unusual, a sparkling wine from Sicily. Forget for a moment the champagne, the cremants, or the Franciacortas from northern Italy. Azienda Agricola Milazzo defies the hot climate in Sicily and makes some excellent sparkling wines. To get grapes with sufficient acidity they harvest for example the chardonnay (three different […]

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Vineyards on the slopes of the Etna volcano

Åsa’s Wine of the Month: Pietradolce, Archineri, Etna Rosso DOC, 2010

On the slopes of Etna you can find a small vineyard, 10 hectares, called Pietradolce. The old vines, between 40 and 80 years old, grow in the black volcanic soil. They produce small yields but of high quality. The grape variety is nerello mascalese, typical for Etna. It gives red wines of light colour but […]

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Even more on Sicily: a photo essay

This photo essay will show you the magnificence of Sicily: the food, the wines, the landscape, the culture, the people. Sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words. See some of our photos from Sicily, and dream about your next holiday, on BKWine Magazine: Sicily: wine, food, vineyards, history, and landscape in pictures.

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Sicily seduces

Sicily seduces you with its nature, culture, gastronomy and wines. Surprisingly fresh and aromatic whites and interesting and flavourful reds. Britt has been there and shares her impressions of this mountainous, wild but very charming island, the largest in the Mediterranean. She remembers the scent of the orange flowers that fill the air in springtime, […]

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Sicily leaves traces in the soul. A journey to Sicily’s eastern part.

The biggest island of the Mediterranean, a treasure trove of wine, gastronomy and experiences “Without Sicily Italy leaves no trace in the soul. Sicily is the key to everything”, Goethe is supposed to have said. Sicily surely leaves traces in the soul. It’s not just the food, the wine and the beautiful landscape that hits […]

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An old Greek temple near Palermo on Sicily

Sicily: wine, food, vineyards, history, and landscape in pictures

A photo essay from the island of Sicily Sicily is a big island, the biggest in the Mediterranean. It is also one of Italy’s biggest wine regions. It is an island where you can find everything from sandy beaches, tiny wind swept islands, high mountains and of course volcanoes, vast fruit plantations and olive groves […]

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A glass of luscious sweet Sicilian wine

Sicily seduces

An island of wine, olives, food and sunshine in the Mediterranean Sicily, the island, the sun, the wines, the olive oil, the food… The largest island of the Mediterranean Sea has many charms, much to make you want to go there. Britt Karlsson did and discovered a region with a little known but very dynamic […]

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COS, a famous wine producer in Sicily with amphora and cow horns

“The vineyard is our bank savings so we must protect it,” says Giusto Occhipinti at COS winery in Sicily. He founded COS with two friends in the early 1980′s and now runs it together with his daughter Arianna Occhipinti. COS is located in the south-east of Sicily, 10 kilometres from the town of Vittoria. The […]

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The barrel cellar

Sicily has an incredible range (and quality) of wine and food

“Sicily is like a whole continent in one small island” – I am not sure who is the origin of the expression. It was certainly what we thought when we were travelling there to explore the vineyards and the wineries some time ago. Apparently it is also what Sally Easton MW thinks. Some time ago […]

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Luigi Tecce wine maker in Taurasi, Campania, Italy

Wine producers have started making wine in amphora. Again.

Nothing new under the sun… Or: Dusting off the clay pots for winemaking The amphora is back. The ancient way of making and storing wine in clay amphora, like the Greeks and the Romans did, is high fashion today. Although the number of amphorae users is quite low they are very much talked about and […]

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QOC restaurant in Agrigento, Sicily

QOC Agrigento, Sicily restaurant | BKWine Pick

QOC is a small modern style restaurant in the centre of Agrigento, in the Valley of the Greek Temples, just a few steps away from where you have a view of the temples. On the ground floor there is a café-bar and a small seating place. If you go upstairs you come to the real […]

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Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico from COS

COS – biodynamics and amphora in Sicily

“The vineyard is our bank savings so we must protect it,” says Giusto Occhipinti at COS winery in Sicily. He founded COS with two friends in the early 1980’s. “I had to go to school again and learn how to make wine. We took over an old cellar from the 1880s. In those days there […]

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Tenuta Regaleali – in the middle of Sicily

It is a dramatic, mountainous landscape. In the distance the sheep is grazing quietly and olive and almond trees mix beautifully with the vines. We are standing together with Laura Orsi, oenologist and winemaker, looking out over the big estate of Tenuta Regaleali. “Here at Regaleali we are 550 meters above sea level,” says Laura. […]

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Bottle of Leone

Tenuta Regaleali – in the middle of Sicily

Tenuta Regaleali, or Tasca d’Almerita makes some interesting Sicilian wines It is a dramatic, mountainous landscape. In the distance the sheep are grazing quietly and olive and almond trees mix beautifully with the vines. We are standing here with Laura Orsi, oenologist and winemaker, looking out over the big estate of Tenuta Regaleali. “Here at […]

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A sweet wine for dessert

Locanda Gulfi, restaurant Sicily | BKWine Pick

Locanda Gulfi opened recently and it is perhaps the best winery restaurant we’ve ever been to. The winery is called Gulfi and you will find it in the region Ragusa on in Sicily. The restaurant is on the floor above the winery and ambition is high, very high. They have recruited the chef Carmelo Floridia […]

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