I’m not going to lie, before heading to western Sicily earlier this month I had my reservations. There seemed to be a prevailing opinion on the region reflected in comments like, “enjoy those volcano wines,...
This year, I’m getting into the revivalist spirit, choosing wines that fell out of favor somewhere in the 20th century but are now being brought back thanks to a handful of dedicated producers.
I've had wines in front of me which not only had no commercial potential, but which were not even available to buy in any retail scenario. You might ask what's the point of writing about such obscurities? To boast of their exclusivity perhaps? No, I have a better reason.
Wine has been around for some 7,000 years or so and we've surely been trying to make it better for nearly as long, but enology as we know it has really been the product of the past century or two.