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May 11-15, 2017: Natural Italian Wine Course at Castello di Potentino

Join a small group (max 12)  for a four-day, full immersion course on Italian wine, food and culture in a Tuscan castle . Eleanor Shannon, certified sommelier and founder of Uncorked In Italy, will lead the course. Read more. Participants will learn how Italian wines are made, how to taste and understand Italian wine and […]

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Uncorked Travel: Out of the Crowd and Off the Beaten Track

Do you know about Uncorked In Italy Travel consulting? Having lived in Italy for twelve years, I can offer you access to authentic experiences in Italy that are not usually available to tourists. Here is the latest from Uncorked Travelers whose trips I’ve recently helped plan. These honeymooners wanted to visit Sicily including romantic stays […]

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Casa Talìa: Hideaway in a Baroque Town in Sicily

“Talìa” in Sicilian dialect is uttered when you make an unexpected, happy discovery. It’s the perfect name for this unusual boutique hotel/bed and breakfast in the UNESCO protected town of Modica. Arriving by foot in a narrow street, I barely noticed the front door that opens into a secret garden. Each of the ten rooms […]

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De Bartoli: A Commitment to Sicilian Wine From Marsala to Pantelleria

Marco De Bartoli (1945-2011) began making Zibbibo wines on Pantelleria in the mid-80s after starting a “revolution for tradition” in Marsala five years earlier. (Read more) His iconic wines helped bring attention to the history and the potential of Sicilian wines. The native grape variety of Pantelleria is Zibbibo (Muscat d’Alessandria). Islanders beginning probably with […]

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The Island of Mozia: Ancient Phoenicians and Greeks in Sicily

The Phoenicians, a loose confederation of cities, largely controlled Mediterranean trade for some 2,000 years. From their major settlements on the coast of what is now Lebanon, they started the spread of grape growing and wine making that was first practiced in Georgia in the Caucasus region. Here is a Phoenician representation of an amphora: […]

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Hand Harvesting Sea Salt in Sicily

On the west coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala, sea salt is still harvested according to ancient tradition of the Phoenicians. A series of “pans” or saline are arranged so that the sea water slowly evaporates by the heat of the sun. In late spring, sea water flows into the deepest pans with carefully […]

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Aeolian Island of Salina: Hiking a Volcano leads to a Lovely Lunch

In the middle of the Sicilian island of Salina, the ValdiChiesa (Valley of the Church) runs between two volcanoes, “Fossa delle Felci” (3156 ft) and “Monte dei Porri” (2821 feet–pictured here). As soon as I arrived in the little town of Leni to stay the night, I wanted to climb the big one, Fossa, the […]

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A Little Italian Wine Magic in Silver Lake (Los Angeles)

How does an empty garden table in Silver Lake become a trip to Italy. With a little (organic) wine magic. A week ago, I opened some favorite wines for friends and as the sun sank below the hills and the lights twinkled on the across the canyon, we got closer and closer to Italy. The […]

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Natural Woman by Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna’s book, begins on the morning after her 30th birthday party (August, 2012) as she walks around her house wearing her dress from the night before while her guests are still sleeping. The dress is a symbol of her coming of age both as a woman and as a winemaker. She writes, “…I became a […]

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Silence in the hills above Palermo: Porta Del Vento

I arrived at Porta Del Vento in Camporeale after a three-hour struggle to escape a tangle of traffic in Palermo. Over 2,000 feet up on a ridge in the hills only 25 miles away, there was no sound except wind rustling through the silence. The land tumbled down steep slopes into a patchwork of vineyards, […]

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