Champagne, France, Sicily

Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the Sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Krug are world renowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
According to Greek legend, the god of wine Dionysus was the first to have planted a vineyard in Sicily; kick-starting the viticulture of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It's one of the biggest wine producing regions in Italy with Veneto and Emilio Romagna the only two Italian regions that produce more. In all, the island has an impressive 134,000 hectares under vine although this area is shrinking year by year. This region produces a wide range of wines, both table and dessert wines and the grapes most famously grown there are the Nero d’Avola and Catorrato varietals. Nerello Mascalese is used to make the Etna Rosso DOC wine from the volcanic Mt Etna and Frappato is a the main grape of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

Sicily is blessed with the most favorable climate. The summers are hot and it hardly rains, and the winters are not that cold and frost is rare. The Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing wine grapes as the coastal winds drying out grapes overnight. Because of the warm and relatively dry climate, there are less risk of rot and mildew among the grapes, so chemical sprays are rarely used. The soil of Sicily is rocky and enriched with minerals that absorb the heat during the day and release it at night, which helps the grape vines maintain an even temperature while the air around it gets cooler.
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  1. Lamura Nero D'Avola 2018
    Hand-picked, organic grapes from the historic vines in Marsala and Salemi in western Sicily. Packed with rich aromatics of jammy berries, wild tomatoes, dried herbs and sultanas. Dense, red berries, plum and cheery flavours with mouth-filing tannins are lifted with ... Learn More
  2. Lamura Nero D'Avola 2017
    Hand-picked, organic grapes from the historic vines in Marsala and Salemi in western Sicily. Packed with rich aromatics of jammy berries, wild tomatoes, dried herbs and sultanas. Dense, red berries, plum and cheery flavours with mouth-filing tannins are lifted with ... Learn More
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  3. Poggio Anima 'Asmodeus' Nero D'Avola Sicilia 2018
    "In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two ... Learn More
  4. Poggio Anima 'Raphael' Rosato Sicilia 2018
    Soil type is brown clay over limestone. The grapes were handpicked: Zibibbo in mid-August and early September for the Syrah. The Zibibbo was pressed and kept very cold halting fermentation in tank. When the Syrah came in it was quickly ... Learn More
  5. Poggio Anima 'Asmodeus' Nero D'Avola Sicilia 2017
    "In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two ... Learn More
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  6. Babo Nero D'Avola 2017
    Aromatic cherry and blueberry on the nose, which leads into a full fleshy palate of plums, prunes and blackberries entwined with a soft coating of tannin. Fruit was sourced from an 9 year old vineyard on northern aspect from the province ... Learn More
  7. Borgo Selene Nero D'Avola Sicilia 2017
    Made by Alberto Antonini who was named in the TOP 5 best winemakers in the world by Decanter Magazine. Carefully selected grapes coming from central Sicily are used to create this perfect mid-week red. Notes of violet, cherry and plum with ... Learn More
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  8. Graci Etna Rosato Mount Etna Doc Sicily 2019
    Graci, Sicily. Alberto Aiello Graci has been making wine on Sicily's Mount Etna since 2004, the year he returned from his apprenticeship as a Milan banker, picking up the baton with 5 hectares of family land, 2 hectares of which is vineyards (the ... Learn More
  9. Tornatore Mt Etna Bianco 2018
    Light straw yellow with intense green reflections. Pleasant hints of grapefruit, white peach and herbs, mark the nose of this wine which shows its true identity on the palate with a pleasant flavor and freshness complemented by an extraordinary minerality; ... Learn More
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  10. Graci Etna Rosato Mount Etna Doc Sicily 2018
    Graci, SicilyAlberto Aiello Graci has been making wine on Sicily's Mount Etna since 2004, the year he returned from his apprenticeship as a Milan banker, picking up the baton with 5 hectares of family land, 2 hectares of which is vineyards (the rest ... Learn More
  11. Cos 'Rami' 2019
    50-50 blend of Inzolia and Grecanico, 26 days of skin contact , fermented in concrete vats . The Ramì is golden in colour , with a lovely aroma of cactus figs , dried apricots and dried herbs . 2018 was a sensational summer with very low yields , ... Learn More
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  12. Cos 'Frappato' 2017
    COS produces some of the finest wines on the island from native grape varieties. This is predominantly Frappato with a splash of Nero d'Avola. ... Learn More
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  13. Graci Etna Bianco Mount Etna Doc Sicily 2019
    Alberto Aiello Graci has been making wine on Sicily's Mount Etna since 2004, the year he returned from his apprenticeship as a Milan banker, picking up the baton with 5 hectares of family land, 2 hectares of which is vineyards (the rest polycultural ... Learn More
  14. Graci Etna Bianco Mount Etna Doc Sicily 2018
    Alberto Aiello Graci has been making wine on Sicily's Mount Etna since 2004, the year he returned from his apprenticeship as a Milan banker, picking up the baton with 5 hectares of family land, 2 hectares of which is vineyards (the rest polycultural ... Learn More
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  15. Graci Etna Rosso Mount Etna Doc Sicily 2017
    Alberto Aiello Graci has been making wine on Sicily's Mount Etna since 2004, the year he returned from his apprenticeship as a Milan banker, picking up the baton with 5 hectares of family land, 2 hectares of which is vineyards (the rest polycultural ... Learn More
  16. Cos 'Frappato' 2019
    COS produces some of the finest wines on the island from native grape varieties. This is predominantly Frappato with a splash of Nero d'Avola. ... Learn More
    Cos 'Frappato' 2019
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  17. Fabio Ferracane Guanciabianca IGP Catarratto 2019
    “Guanciabianca” by Ferracane is a Catarratto with a clean and crystalline character, fruity and floral, vinified only in steel tanks. The nose is ripe white fruits, aromatic herbs and fresh almonds and the taste is pleasant, fresh, savory and balanced. ... Learn More
  18. Cos Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2016
    A blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato from Sicily's south-east corner. A complex array of fruity and floral notes with aromas of black currant, blackberry, dried rose, rhubarb, Mediterranean, black pepper and tobacco. The nose follows into the mouth, with ... Learn More
  19. Moet Et Chandon Imperial Champagne Nv Gift Box
    Moet & Chandon's most iconic Champagne and an absolute favourite around the world, Brut Imperial NV comprises over 100 different wines, with about 30% of them reserve wines, blended together to form this renowned house style which has been starting celebrations since 1869. With ... Learn More
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  20. Azienda Agricola Sofia 'Gioacchino' Etna Bianco 2019
    90% Carricante & 10% Catarratto. Grown on Volcanic Soils from the Contrada "Piano dei Daini" from 60 year old vines at 700 metres elevation. This wine is produced with grapes harvested in a 60 years old alberello vineyard in Contrada Piano dei Daini, in Solicchiata in ... Learn More
  21. Azienda Agricola Sofia 'Gioacchino' Etna Rosso 2018
    Only 6,000 bottles are produced of this wine. This wine is the most alluring combination of styles that is reminiscent of both Pinot Noir & Nebbiolo at once. This wine is produced with grapes harvested in different vineyards; from a 60 years old ... Learn More
  22. Cos Pithos Bianco 2018
    The wines of COS are consistently rated amongst the best natural wines in the world. Fermented on skins in terracotta amphorae. Very aromatic with lively white peach, honey and floral aromas. Medium bodied, with lovely deep dried berry flavours. Elegant ... Learn More
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  23. Champagne Drappier 1er Cru Brut NV
    A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price! Offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice on the nose, it follows ... Learn More
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  24. Cos 'Pithos' Rosso Igt 2016
    Pithos Rosso is fermented in Giare which are terracotta amphorae – an ancient practice that still works wonderfully. The nose is stunning with aromas violets and raspberry blossom. The palate is warm and supple, with floral notes. Raspberry and cherry fruit ... Learn More
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  25. Le Brun De Neuville Blanc De Blancs Nv
    Awarded best Champagne producer at the 2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition The Le Brun family live by the village of Bethon in the Marne. The memory of Madame Le Brun, who owned the castle in 1845, is still alive today. The house ... Learn More
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  26. Champagne Autreau Brut 1er Cru Champagne Nv
    Made from 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meuneir & 20% Chardonnay from Premier Cru vineyards, and aged for two years in bottle before release. Deep aromas of fresh fruits and hint of nuts. The taste is full bodied and rich with fruit though elegant ... Learn More
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  27. Champagne Autreau Brut Premier Cru Rose NV
    100% Premier Cru fruit. 85% Chardonnay lends an elegant floral character as well as grapefruit and melon, but the 15% Pinot Noir (blended as red wine) gives the ruby red colour and adds flavours of red berries and a savoury complexity. The family ... Learn More
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  28. Champagne Autreau Grand Cru Champagne Nv
    100% Grand Cru fruit. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend. The nose is a combination of ripe citrus fruits with a buttery overtone and flowery finish. The flavours are fresh and vibrant, of peaches, melons and raspberry with light hazelnut nuance adding depth ... Learn More
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  29. Champagne Jacquinot 'Private Cuvee' Brut Nv
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
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  30. Planeta Chardonnay 2019
    The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. Following a long process beginning in 1985, ... Learn More
  31. Planeta Chardonnay 2018
    The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. Following a long process beginning in 1985, ... Learn More
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  32. Pierre Baillette Brut le Village NV
    Pierre Baillette is not just limited to the creation of high-quality champagne, but to preserve the most authentic values ​​of the wine tradition of this legendary region. This refreshing and savory Champagne is loaded with flavors of citrus, white cherries, ... Learn More
  33. Azienda Agricola Sofia Contrada 'Piano dei Daini' Etna Rosso 2018
    Natural and Organic in production, from 700 metres above sea level. This wine is produced with grapes harvested from a 65 years old Alberello vineyard, in Contrada Piano dei Daini in Solicchiata in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia on the northern ... Learn More
  34. Champagne Autreau Brut Blanc De Blancs 1er Cru Nv
    100% Chardonnay Grand Cru fruit sourced from the "White Hillside" Vineyards of the Autreau Estate. The family Autreau is an old family from Champillon - ancient documents certify their presence since 1670. This family is linked to the farming of the land ... Learn More
  35. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Nv
    Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used. ... Learn More
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  37. Canard Duchene 'Authentic' Brut Nv
    GRAPES: 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay. Intense aromas of fresh fruit typical of the Pinot varietals. Fruit aromas intermingle with pastry notes, a sign of excellent maturity. ... Learn More
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  38. Henriot 'Souverain' Brut Nv Champagne
    A beautifully crafted wine of balance, fine mousse and pleasant complexity. Initially the nose is precise, expressive and refreshing, with notes of citrus and yellow fruit; floral fragrances (vine flowers, elderflowers) and pastry aromas (brioche, toast, grilled almond) follow. On ... Learn More
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  39. Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso Dop 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
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  40. Louis Roederer Brut Premier Nv Champagne
    "Louis Roederer Bruit Premier NV is a perennial favourite of mine. I love its biscuity character, its backbone and structure, which are more impressive than in virtually any other NV. But I do prefer to stash newly bought bottles away ... Learn More
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