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Dell’Acate Valley was awarded in 2014 with the Eco-friendly prize by the Guide “Good Wines of Italy – Touring Club”, in collaboration with Verallia, for its commitment to protecting the environment.

The acknowledgment was given to particularly virtuous wineries that stand out in the adoption of eco-friendly manufacturing techniques to reduce energy waste and environmental impact. Read more…

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At New York City’s Pearl & Ash. Wine director and managing partner Patrick Cappiello can often be seen whacking the tops off champagne bottles with a saber. He also oversees a cellar full of extraordinary values. Here, he tells how anyone can find bargains on a wine list… Read more…

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Sicilia no es Italia. Esta es la frase que más se escucha durante una visita a esta isla al pie de Europa. Aunque territorialmente forman parte de la bota, los sicilianos tienen razón: la isla se trata de un mundo aparte… Read more…

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Intensely aromatic as well as affordable, Nero d’Avola just might be the next Malbec. What makes a wine popular? It’s a question that winemakers (and marketers) have long asked themselves. For me, the explanation is simple: A popular wine is one that is easy to pronounce… Read more…

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The transformation of the world of wine in the last 20 years has been simply astounding. Consumers have been blessed with a profusion of wonderful wines from sources that few would have predicted as recently as the turn of the century. Case in point: Sicily. Sicily has always been a prodigious fount of wine… Read more…

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Sicily is one of the most exciting wine regions in Italy. In recent decades, Sicilian wines have greatly improved in quality. While Sicily is renown for its outstanding dessert wines such as the world-famous Marsala, today there are a growing number of wineries throughout Sicily, large and small, producing world class premium wines from unique indigenous varieties like Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato,Grillo, Caricante, and others… Read more…

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Piero Selvaggio has just delivered a plate of Sardinian fregula with grilled octopus — chewy pasta dyed a deep
black in squid ink and strewn with lavender tentacles — to a table at Valentino restaurant. Then he turns his attention to the wine, Valle dell’Acate, Zagra… Read more…

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When last we left our intrepid Sicily, there were auspicious signs from the slopes of Mount Etna, it’s defining and still active Volcano. The reds of Etna, and the whites as well, had brought a refined sensibility to a region once considered a spot for rustic wines, and then one that had succumbed to the usual roster of anywhere varieties: Chardonnay, Merlot and the like…

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Covering an area of 100 hectares, the Valle dell’Acate winery is situated on beautiful Sicilian land marked with sandstone and clay, and produces wines from grapes like Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Insolia, and Grillo… Read more…

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We love invitations that arrive by the glass. At a recent tasting of Sicilian wines, we became so enamored with the reds that we were poised to hop on the next plane to Palermo. the occasion was a visit by Fabrizia Lanza, author of “Coming Home to Sicily: Seasonal Harvest and Cooking from Case Vecchie”… Read more…

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