Falling in love with the wines of Sicily

The island of Sicily has a special place in my heart as I met my wife there. We were both on a classic car rally and, feeling a little out of place, were drawn to each other. One of the other rallyists was a wealthy middle-aged Roman who was always trying to impress the ladies by ordering expensive wine. The stuff he liked had more in common with Tuscany or California than Sicily.  I left the island enamoured with the food, the scenery and with the woman who would become my wife, but not with the wine.  It turns out that I just wasn’t looking in the right places. Sicily makes some wines that taste like nothing else on earth. The place to head is the East of the Island near Mount Etna and further South around Vittoria. The best Sicilian wines are perfumed and subtle. They’re nothing like the Port-like monsters from over the water in Southern Italy. Here are some to fall in love with:

Cos Frappato 2011 (£15)

These people used to age their wines in new oak barrels to make something that my Roman friend would have appreciated. They now use a mixture of old wood, concrete and clay amphoras to create startling pure wines like this red.

Frappato IGT Sicilia 2012 (Marks & Spencer £7.99)

This red really loves to be chilled, it brings out flavours of pomegranate and blueberry.

Costa Al Sole Sicilia IGT 2010 (£8.75)

Made from Sicily’s most famous grape, Nero d’Avola, this combines ripe cherry fruit with earthy tannins and a touch of bitterness at the end; lots to get your teeth into here.

Zibibbo IGT Sicilia 2012 (Marks & Spencer £7.99)

This white evokes a sultry Sicilian evening with smells of nectarines, orange blossom and something bitter like orange peel.

This originally appeared in The Lady

About Henry

I’m a drinks writer. My day job is features editor at the Master of Malt blog. I also contribute to BBC Good Food, the Spectator and others. You can read some of my work here. I’ve done a bit of radio, given some talks and written a couple of books (Empire of Booze, The Home Bar and the forthcoming Cocktail Dictionary).
This entry was posted in Wine articles, Wine of the week and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s