Sicily


Wine DOCG Zone: Cerasuolo di Vittoria 


Wine DOC Zones: Alcamo, , Contea di Sclafani, Contessa Entellina, Delia Nivolelli, Eloro, Etna, Faro, Malvasia delle Lipari, Marsala, Menfi, Moscato di Noto Naturale, Moscato di Noto, Moscato di Pantelleria Naturale, Moscato di Pantelleria, Moscato di Siracusa, Sambuca di Sicilia, Santa Margherita di Belice, Sciacca, Riesi.


IGT Zones:Cammaro, Colli Ericini, Fontanarossa di Cerda, Salemi, Salina, Sicilia, Valle Belice.

Foods of Sicily
Sea food, in particular Spada (swordfish), Tonno (tuna), anchovy's, Calamari (squid), as well as octopus, mussels, clams, and just about anything else you can find in the sea. Sicilians are also known for their almonds, pistachios, capers, lemons, oranges, pummelo, as well as some great cheeses including Canestrato, Piacentinu, Provola, Vastedda (Primo Sale), Maiorchino, Ragusano, and  Ricotta Salata. Formdessert i would include two favorites granita e brioche and of course cannoli.


Wines of interest
Wine revolves around the food you will consume; if it is rich and savory like a roast, or a pasta dish Nero d'Avola fits the bill, but if you are eating fish or a fish pasta you should look for a nice Inzolia perhaps Regaleali Bianco, or a Sicilian Chardonnay. Of course while in Sicily you must try a typical local favorite, Marsala. It needs to be emphasized that the Sicilian Marsala is not to be confused with the cheap, sweet Marsala you may see back in the states. Here Marsala comes in two varieties; one slightly sweet version and one that is dry and complex. Try both, the former as an introductory wine or the first wine you serve when guests first arrive at a party or after dinner as you would serve a aperitif; the latter to be served with the main course, this would go well with a nice roast or braised loin.

Things you must do in Sicily, go to Massina and walk in any of the local cafe/espresso bars, they also double as pastry shops; order a cannoli and an espresso, corto (short) of course. First of all you will not see any preface cannoli in the cooler, they go back and hand fill them to order on the spot with a sheep's milk ricotta. You can't buy more time on earth but you can buy this little slice of heaven on earth called Sicilian cannoli. The espresso will knock your socks off as well. It's just the perfect compliment to a sweet rich creamy dessert, a thick dark slightly bitter shot to strong Italian coffee.
While in Sicily be sure to visit Segesta which holds a complete standing Greek temple. Palermo is also a key attraction with its bustling urban feel, as well as its ruins, castles, cathedrals, art and culture. Another place of note would be Siracusa long beloved by philosophers, intellectuals, leaders (with Archimedes, Plato, and Saint Paul being especially fond of this town).
Another hint is to visit where the locals go and the best example of this would be the fish market in Catania; it's an ancient port with tons of history and folklore, but mostly it is a preservation of culture truth and mostly time. You see this place is much as it was many centuries ago.
Hint-Check out this site! http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/Sicily-Catania-Fish-Market



Four words come to mind when Sicily is mentioned to me, cannoli, fish, wine and culture.


Capital: Palermo

Sicilia has a Population of just under 5 million people with Palermo (about 1.2 million) and Catania ( a little over 1 million) being the most populated.

Provinces of Sicilia:
Agrigento (AG), Caltanissetta (CL), Catania (CT), Enna (EN), Messina (ME), Palermo (PA), Ragusa (RG), Siracusa (SR), Trapani (TP).


Varietale Bianco (white varietals): Catarratto, Grecanico, Grillo, Inzolia, Malvasia, Zibbibo, Chardannay, Sauvignon blanc.
Varietale Rosso (red varietals): Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Capuccio, Perricone, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.



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