Virtual Tasting Premier Host
by Marty Cook
Our next episode of Wine Wednesday takes place on January 26th at 7:00 pm Eastern Time and features “The Wines of Sicily,” the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. This island, located at the “toe of the boot” as described by the shape of the Italian Peninsula has had a rather storied past of being overrun and occupied by invaders representing multiple cultures. The Sicilian dialect and their traditional foods reflect the multiple raiders that swept across the Sicilian landscape. This is hardly surprising, as each of these intrusions, in some cases, occupied the island for centuries at a time. As a result, Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture.
The terrain of inland Sicily is mostly hilly and is home to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. The volcanic soil in those areas of the island that have been influenced by volcanic action bodes well for vineyards and winemaking. Some ancient archeological findings testify that Sicily was one of the first Italian region to practice the art of enology. More recently, Sicily has seen a growing interest from modern day winemakers who are strongly committed to innovating, transforming and improving the quality of Sicilian vineyards. The current wine industry has introduced new grape varieties, experimented with new techniques and modernized the wineries. The sun, the land, the hills and the sea breeze have done the rest, providing an extraordinary variety of Sicilian wines which have taken a leading role on the international stage.
So, secure a bottle of Sicilian wine and join us on Wednesday, January 26th at 7:00 pm Eastern Time when we gather again for Wine Wednesday. As usual, please photograph the front and back labels of your bottle and email them to WineCat@pa.net by 11 p.m. this coming Tuesday evening for inclusion in Wednesday evening’s PowerPoint presentation.
NO RESERVATION necessary. Simply send your wine label photos as above and join us via the Zoom link below close to 7 PM Wednesday evening. We look forward to having you aboard as we share with each other our own impressions of the wines we will discuss during Wine Wednesday!
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