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Sicilian Wine Masterclass: Ancient Vines


Slopes of Mount Etna

Italy's Sicily is a land of contrasts, with a tremendous heritage of old vines. The largest island in the Mediterranean sea, yhe old vines remind us that Sicily has true biodiversity, and these varieties perfectly reveal the complexity of the appellations of the island while being particularly well-suited to the Mediterranean climate.

Sicily has a long winemaking history, beginning with the Greeks who arrived on the island in the 8th century BC. The idea of methodical grape growing practices for the purpose of quality winemaking firmly took root there.

As the centuries passed, Phoenicians and Romans traded Sicilian wines based on their power and their distinctive qualities. Today, we see the fruits of these labours. A truly mosaic of wines, the most ancient and inimitable ones in the world.

If you want to know more about Sicily and their wines, culture and history, come join us for a fantastic Italian evening.

For this tasting I've asked the knowledge of two fantastic Italians, Elisa Lazzeri and Umberto Ianni, importer of these wines. They will share stories and laughs as we taste a wide range of wines from the island.

WHEN: Thursday February 23th
TIME: 6:30pm to 8:15 pm
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St. Sydney CBD
PRICE: $40 for members$50 for non-members

We’ll be trying the following wines

COS Pithos Bianco (Grecanico) 2014
COS Rami (Inzolia, Grecanico) 2014
COS Frappato 2015
Occhipinti SP68 Rosso Frappato 2015
COS Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2014
Salvo Foti I Vigneri Etna Rosso 2012
COS Pithos Rosso 2014
Girolamo Russo Arina, Etna Red 2014
Girolamo Russo Feudo 2014
Alagna Zibibbo (fortified wine)
Alagna Marsala

Wines are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Paul Hervy