Happy New Year !
Ours finished where I had the most enjoyable time during 2010 : in Sicily. Actually, and this is a "scoop", I also made wine in Sicily last year. Not in August but in October as the Etna grapes take time to mature due to high elevation. While I was in Sicily last summer, I fell in love with the Etna wines and a local winemaker, Ciro Biondi, has offered to help me source some Nerello Mascalese from old vineyards. That's how Rosso-Azzurro was born. When we went there to celebrate New Years Eve, we also sampled and babysat our last new baby which is now aging in barrels.
If 2010 was the birth of this new Etna wine, 2009 was the one of our Lunatique reserve, made from "Pure Grenache" planted "on the rocks". Like Rosso-Azzurro, this is a very small production and only 100 cases will be bottled. And this wine is now a reality as we bottled it last week. It needs some time to rest after the bottling and I will present it to our distributor when I come in the Spring for my traditional US visits.
The dates of my annual US "pilgrimage" are set (see picture and itinerary below) so if you plan to meet, please note your agenda. I will update this schedule when I get information about those events (tasting in wine shops, wine dinners) and you will be posted soon.
For the moment, here is the detail :
March 7th : New York City
Marth 8th : Washington DC
March 9th : Asheville NC
March 10th : Milwaukee
March 11th : Minneapolis - Saint Paul
March 12th : Iowa City
March 14th : Houston
March 15th : Los Angeles
March 16th : Bay Area
March 17th - 18th : Portland OR
March 19th : Seattle
At last, I wanted to let you know that our rosé 2010 is bottled. The new thing is that we have decided to use screw caps as it is more ecological and, most of all, permits to keep all the freshness of the wine. Most of our importers are bringing it so you will be able to appreciate it when the first beautiful days come.
To finish with and to answer a few recent comments, even if this page is in English and even if we mostly sell our wines to the US, our wines are also available in Europe and in France ! We just started to work with 2 retail shops in Belgium and we can ship in France, in case you would like to try our wines.
Thanks for your support,