Sicily, Martinique

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. BABO NERO D'AVOLA 2015
    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. COS CERASUOLO DI VITTORIA 2015
    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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. ST JAMES RUM AGRICOLE ROYAL AMBRE (AMBER)
    Excellent combination of raw materials and wood. Round, elegant, original and distinctive. Aromatic complexity typical of cask-aged agricultural rum (floral and fruity notes of white rum, spicy notes, hints of notes of ageing). Smooth initial taste followed by the warmth ... Learn More
  10. DEPAZ RHUM AGRICOLE DORE (GOLDEN) 1 YEAR
    Drink as an aperitif or digestif as well as for Ti Punch or other cocktails. ... Learn More
  11. DEPAZ RHUM AGRICOLE BLANC (WHITE) MARTINIQUE (GOLD MEDAL 2009) 55%
    Heralding from the paradise isle of Martinique, in the lush French West Indies, Depaz is born from the rhum agricole methods of production and features the exclusive use of luxurious estate-grown fresh cut sugar cane. ... Learn More
  12. PLANETA CHARDONNAY 2017
    Awarded 94 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. 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 ... Learn More
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  13. HABITATION ST ETIENNE RHUM AGRICOLE V.S.O.P. (OLD DARK AGRICOLE RUM) (NEW FRENCH OAK & BOURBON FINISH) - 6YEARS
    It is best appreciated at the end of a meal as a digestif, as one would enjoy a fine cognac, armagnac or single malt whisky. This special VSOP represents the true skill of the rhum-blender's art ... Learn More
  14. ST JAMES RUM AGRICOLE (SILVER MEDAL) - 12YEARS
    Aromatic complexity specific to fresh sugar cane juice - floral notes, fruity notes, slightly peppery and spicy notes. Clean, mellow and warm initial taste. Good perception of typical fruity aromas in the aftertaste. Lovely length. Rhum Saint James spirits are ... Learn More
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