From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour #ItalianFWT

A Virtual Visit to Sicily with #ItalianFWT
Our #ItalianFWT group is off to Sicily this month (virtually). I’ve included links at the bottom of this post to see what everyone else is up to!

Sicily
Sicily is a large island, just off the toe of the boot of Italy, bordered by 3 different seas. It’s the agricultural source of so much food, Sicily is known as the granary of Italy. The produce grown here includes: oranges, lemons, capers, wild fennel, almonds, pistachios, olives, lots of grains and of course, grapes for both wine and table. Close proximity to all those seas means that seafood is abundant, especially swordfish. Lastly, situated as it is, many cultures have influenced the history and foods in Sicily, so we see new flavors and combinations unique to this part of Italy.

Beautiful image of Sicily, complete with Mt. Etna plume. Photo courtesy of NASA

Beautiful image of Sicily, complete with Mt. Etna plume. Photo courtesy of NASA

Sicilian Wine
The majority of Sicily is hot and dry, although you can see from the green on the satellite photo, the north and east are a bit cooler and get more precipitation. Historically, Sicily has produced a huge amount of bulk wine that never saw a bottle in Sicily, as it was shipped off in container ships to other winemaking areas for use in blending.  Sicilian base wines were useful to add fruit and alcohol to thinner wines from cooler climates.

Lucky for us, there has been a renaissance in recent years. Thanks to much better vineyard and cellar work, many of the wines carry a liveliness, brisk acidity and restraint. The winegrowing renaissance in Sicily has proceeded faster than the DOC laws, so this is one region where you shouldn’t hesitate to buy IGT labeled wines.  They are certainly some of the best on the island!

Sampling wines and food from the region over the last month has been a blast, here’s a mini-tour of the foods and wines we have tried.  I’ll post a few of our favorite combinations in more detail over the coming weeks. (click on any photo to view full size slideshow)

#Italian FWT for April
If you enjoy this post for the #ItalianFWT visit to Sicily, join my fellow bloggers and what they have to share on their sites.

Vino TravelsWine & Food of Sicily: Inzolia & Arancini
Curious Appetite Sicilian Cannoli and wine pairings
Cooking ChatPairing for Linguine with Cod and Asparagus
Rockin Red BlogCelebrating Sicily on #ItalianFWT
Enofylz wine blogA Taste of Sicily-Tuna and Seabass Spiedini #ItalianFWT
FoodWineClickFrom Etna Bianco to Marsala, A Sicilian Wine Tour
Girls Gotta DrinkEtna Wine: volcanic wines that don’t taste like ash

We are live on twitter today and throughout the weekend at #ItalianFWT. Join us and share your food, wine and travel experiences in Sicily. We’d love to hear from you!

Astronaut Reid Wiseman and Sicily
As luck would have it, I heard a story on NPR last week that made me smile about Sicily. Astronaut Reid Wiseman, tells a fun story about Sicily at night. You can watch it here complete with photos, and the photo below provides a brief introduction.

Italy at night as seen by Astronaut Reid Wiseman. Notice the black hole with red center; that's Mt. Etna with lava core! (photo courtesy of NASA)

Italy at night as seen by Astronaut Reid Wiseman (photo courtesy of NASA). Look for the black hole, that’s Mt. Etna. The red dot in the center? Lava!

Comments
13 Responses to “From Etna Bianco to Marsala, a Sicilian Wine Tour #ItalianFWT”
  1. Sicily is such an unsung hero. I went to a Sicilian food and wine tasting last month and really enjoyed the combination of flavours. Ended the event with a fabulous almond digestif – wow!

  2. Looks like you’ve been drinking and eating your way through Sicily. Pretty cool photo at the end with the lava.

  3. Thanks, Jen. Sicily was way fun! I loved the foods, the flavors and the wines. I was pleasantly surprised with how many fresh, lively wines there are given the hot climate.

  4. Great post Jeff. It’s so great that you spent a month getting to know the wines and the foods of Sicily! Fascinating photos from space and your other photos are gorgeous as always!

  5. Hi, I loved your article! I organize customized food&wine experience in Sicily, worked as food, wine and travel journalist in Italy for ten years. I also do wine tasting and dinners in US for Sicilian wineries, would love to be in touch with you!
    Thanks!!
    Marco Scapagnini

  6. Great post Jeff. Looks like we both hit on some of the same delicious Sicilian food offerings. Your wine selection looks quite good. I love that you are able to take such a deep dive into each region. Thank you for sharing.

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