Spittoon.biz Bookmark This page
At a little over 3,300 meters Mount Etna is massive; it dominates Sicily and formed a point of reference during the week long Circle of Wine Writers tour of the island. The first vineyard stop on the tour had the smoking mountain as its dramatic backdrop; here Nero d’Avola and Carricante vines thrive on the volcanic soils of the Firriato estate. Dusty is certainly the word. The ultra fine soil managed to creep into socks and shoes regardless of the plastic coverings supplied. Nearly all relished a glass of the estates traditional method sparkling – the Firriato Gaudensius Brut – to cleanse the palate of the grit.

No spectacular lava gushes or explosions, despite a wish for some dramatic photographs but the danger from Europe’s most active volcano is tampered by the unique environment it provides for the dozens of wine producers covering its eastern flanks (north via east to the south). Its soils do something special to grapes such as Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Nerello Mascalese, Grillo, Carricante and others.

This weeks Sunday Wine Shot – Firriato Vineyards Under Mount Etna.

Mount Etna and Vines

1 Comment »

  1. Matt says:

    Lovely image, and some good memories of a super week. Glad to have met you, hope we meet again on some crazy trip

Leave a Comment »




Advert

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Recent Posts

27
Aug

A Wine For Your Burger

Today is National Burger Day. I am sure Burger King and the ol’ golden triangle guys are loving it. But something a little more classy andRead More

26
Aug

Video: Tanqueray No. Ten Silver Martini Cocktail

This month Tanqueray No. TEN celebrated at WORLD CLASS, the annual search for the globe’s best bartenders, hosted in the heart of London at 33 FitzroyRead More

24
Aug

Qcumber and Gin

Cucumber – an occasional garnish for a gin and tonic and one that works best with herbaceous-led gins. Looking at the likes of Caorunn and GinRead More

10
Aug

Winery Outbuilding Chateau Mauvesin-Barton

A photo taken in Bordeaux for this weeks Sunday Wine Shot – rather apt as the group who went on the trip are meeting for aRead More

7
Aug

Cocktails at Scarfes

I have to say I do love this bar. The plush, slightly eclectic décor had me as I walked through the door, while the cocktails wereRead More

5
Aug

Charles Metcalfe’s Top Tips On Wines For Summer Pairings

Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Bristol this summer. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site. WeRead More

Top

© 2004-2014 Spittoon.biz All Rights Reserved