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I Love Italian Wine and Food – The Sicily Region

October 17, 2010 by admin  
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If you are searching for fine Italian wine and food, consider the Sicily area of southern Italy. You might uncover a bargain, and I hope that you’ll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour.

Sicily is the football kicked by the Italian boot. It really is an island from the Mediterranean Sea located off the southwest tip of Italy. Sicily was initial inhabited about ten thousand years ago. Agriculture and animal raising date back effectively above four thousand years. Its rulers have included the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Germans, and Spaniards, amongst others. This mountainous location is prone to volcanoes and earthquakes; in 1908 an earthquake and subsequent tidal wave killed eighty thousand individuals from the coastal city of Messina. Sicily’s population is about five million, with an additional ten million folks of Sicilian descent around the world.

Agricultural products involve wheat, barley, corn, olives, citrus fruit, almonds, and, of course, grapes. Tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers are prominent in neighborhood cuisine. Sicily is Italy’s second location for organic food. Numerous believe that the Arabs launched pasta to Sicily, which subsequently introduced it to the rest of Italy. Cattle, mules, donkeys, and sheep are raised. Sicily claims to have invented meatballs, The seas surrounding Sicily are bountiful, favorites contain sardines, tuna, and swordfish. Sicily is famous for desserts, including frozen treats produced with snow from Mount Etna.

Sicilian heavy business includes petro-chemicals, chemicals, mining, and electronics. Tourism is really a significant factor within the Sicilian economy. Did you know that the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento on the Mediterranean Sea has some of the finest Greek ruins on earth?

Palermo, arguably the world’s most conquered city, is Sicily’s capital with a population of a little under seven hundred thousand. It truly is a definite tourist destination, with its numerous historical churches, museums, theaters, and Italy’s largest botanical garden. Another urban tourist destination is Syracuse, dating back to Ancient Greece. The Greek writer Cicero described it as “The greatest Greek city along with the most gorgeous of them all.” Both earthquakes and Planet War II caused heavy damage, but quite a few of your most interesting websites have been reconstructed.

Sicily devotes about a third of a million acres to grapevines, it ranks first among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 213 million gallons, also giving it very first place. If Sicily had been an independent country, it would rank seventh within the planet for wine production. About 54% of its wine manufacturing is crimson or rosé (only a bit of rosé), leaving 46% for white. The area produces 19 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which might be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine. Only a bit more than 2% of Sicilian wine carries the DOC designation. Sicily is house to in excess of 3 dozen major and secondary grape varieties, with extra white than pink varieties.

Widely grown international white grape forms incorporate Malvasia and to a lesser extent, Chardonnay. The best-known strictly Italian white versions are Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia, and Grillo. The 1st 3 of these versions are blended from the wine reviewed below.

Widely grown international red grape varieties contain Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The best-known strictly Italian pink versions are Nero d’Avola, Frappato, and Nerello Mascalese.

Before reviewing the Sicilian wine and cheese that we were lucky sufficient to buy at a nearby wine store and a native Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with Insalata di Finocchi, Arance Sanguigne de Olive; Fennel, Blood Orange, and Olive Salad.
As a second course try Pollo con Prosciutto e Melanzane Fritte; Braised Chicken with Proscuitto and Fried Eggplants.
For dessert indulge your self with Cassata; Candied Fruit and Chocolate on Sponge Cake.

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Wine Reviewed
Tasca d’Almerita ‘Regaleali’ Blanco 2005 IGT Sicilia 12.5% alcohol about $13

We’ll start off by quoting the marketing materials. “Made with the local grapes Inzolia, Greciano, and Catarratto, this wine is matured only in stainless steel and isn’t put by means of acid-softening malolactic fermentation. The producer chooses this approach to retain the bright fruitiness and racy crispness with the wine. Take pleasure in with steamed mussels, chicken or summer salads.” And now for my thoughts on the wine.

I 1st tasted this wine with broiled chicken burgers accompanied by a hot pepper relish, and purple peppers. The wine was light, perhaps somewhat intimidated by the relish. It was delicate, but not weak. When I completed my glass with the purple peppers, the wine was very fruity and sweet.

I next tried this wine with fillet of sole poached in an onion sauce, accompanied by brown rice and okra in a tomato sauce. The wine tasted light and citrusy within the presence in the fish, and was extra potent when facing the rice and the okra. I finished that meal with fresh pomegranate. The wine became sweet and acidic, but did not take on new flavors.

Isola is a Sicilian fresh cheese produced from sheep’s milk. The Isola cheese was powerful, sturdy smelling and robust tasting, specially whenever you crunched into a peppercorn. Unfortunately, the cheese overpowered this comparatively light wine. In contrast, when paired with an Asiago cheese from northern Italy, the wine became quite full bodied and fruity. Sometimes rules including regional wines with regional cheeses are meant to be broken. I had a bit of wine left in excess of and finished the bottle with out-of-season strawberries. They brought out the wine’s complexity and softness.

Final verdict, in spite of its low official rating, I found the wine pretty good. I would acquire it again, but avoid pairing it with strong-tasting food.

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