X Wine, Sicilian Wine Talents: US Tour 2011

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June 26-July 1, 2011: West Coast wine and spirits professionals, save the dates for this exciting project.

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X Wine, Sicilian Wine Talents: US Tour 2011
-- Six Sicilian estates tour the West Coast pouring over 60 wines and spirits from the sunny southernmost Italian island in the Mediterranean. Seminars and tasting for media, wine and food professionals only.

X Wine, Sicilian Wine Talents, kicks off its first US tour dedicated to wine and food professionals with a week-long invitation-only program including seminars and tasting of PDO and PGI quality wines and superior quality liquors in San Francisco, California on June 26 and 27, Portland, Oregon on June 29, and Seattle, Washington on July 1, 2011. More information is available online at WineCountry.IT.

Importers, distributors, brokers, buyers, restaurateurs, and media professionals interested in participating in one or more events please contact Roberta Regan, (roberta(at)journalsandjourneys(dot)com) no later than Friday, June 24, 2011. For more information please contact Loris Scagliarini at (415) 460-0919.

PLEASE NOTE: Consumers interested in taking advantage of this adventure into Sicilian wines can participate in theme dinners with the producers at the following locations:

  • San Francisco, California, Sunday, June 26 (location to be announced)
  • San Francisco, California, Monday, June 27, at La Ciccia (291, 30th Street, tel. 550 8114)
  • Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, June 28 (location to be announced)
  • Seattle, Washington, Thursday, June 30, at Il Terrazzo - Carmine (411 1st Avenue South, tel. 206 467-7797.)

X Wine is an organization including six Sicilian estates, which have pooled their talents and resources to become world ambassadors for the wealth of wines and food produced on their beautiful island. They start their promo-educational program with a weeklong tour of the West Coast of the United States, beginning with their presentation to the media on Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, California.

Sicily: Quality and Terroir
With 115,686 hectares (over 285,866 acres) of vineyards, Sicily produces one DOCG (Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guaranteed) and 22 PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) wines, in addition to eight PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and 15 PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) food products.

The goal of the estates united in X Wine is to promote the Sicilian products protected by the denomination of origin, focusing in particular on four PDO wine areas: Marsala, Delia Nivolelli, Moscato di Siracusa, Pantelleria and Moscato di Pantelleria.

The Estates and the Products

  • Alcesti with:

  - four white wines
  - - Isola dei Profumi Bianco (Grecanico, Insolia)
  - - Grecanico 2009
  - - Grillo 2009
  - and five red wines
  - - Isola dei Profumi Rosso (Nero d’Avola, Perricone)
  - - Nero d'Avola 2008
  - - Cocciopesto (Nero D'Avola)
  - - Narke’ dei Poeti 2006 (Nero d’Avola- Cabernet Sauvignon)

  • Bianchi Distillerie with:

  - one white wine
  - - Mirabella Grecanico
  - one red wine
  - - Mirabella Pignatello
  - and five dessert and fortified wines
  - - Malvasia
  - - Moscato
  - - Zibibbo (Moscato di Alessandria)
  - - Mirabella Marsala DOC Fine IP
  - - Marsala DOC Riserva 20 Anni
  - and seven distilled spirits
  - - Bianca Arte Grappa di Marsala Classico
  - - Grappa di Sicilia (Catarratto, Grillo, Inzolia)
  - - Grappa di Sicilia Barrique (Catarratto, Grillo, Inzolia)
  - - Grappa Nero D'Avola
  - - Limoncello
  - - Sambuca
  - - Amaro

  • Fina with:

  - five white wines
  - - Grillo
  - - Chardonnay
  - - Sauvignon Blanc
  - - Kiké (Traminer Aromatico)
  - - Taif (Zibibbo)
  - and five red wines
  - - Bausa 2008 (Nero D'Avola)
  - - Syrah
  - - Nero D'Avola
  - - Merlot
  - - Caro Maestro (Caberrnet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot)

  • Cantine Intorcia with:

  - 13 dessert and fortified wines
  - - Marsala DOC Fine IP Semisecco
  - - Marsala DOC Fine IP Dry
  - - Marsala DOC Fine IP Sweet
  - - Marsala DOC Superiore SOM
  - - Marsala Doc Superiore Garibaldi Dolce
  - - Marsala DOC Vergine Soleras
  - - Marsala SOM Ser.
  - - Marsala GD Sweet Ser.
  - - Marsala Vergine Ser.
  - - Zibibbo (Moscato di Alessandria)
  - - Malvasia (Malvasia Bianca)
  - - Moscato (Moscato di Alessandria)
  - - Passito (Moscato di Alessandria)

  • Marco De Bartoli with:

  - one sparkling wine
  - - Metodo Classico Brut Nature (Grillo)
  - five white wines
  - - Terzavia Lucido (Catarratto Lucido)
  - - Grappoli del Grillo (Grillo)
  - - Pietra Nera (Zibibbo)
  - - Terzavia Occidens (exclusively native grapes grown in Western Sicily)
  - - Sole e Vento (Grillo, Zibibbo)
  - one red wine
  - - Amada (Blend of native grapes)
  - and four dessert and fortified wines
  - - Bukkuram (Zibibbo)
  - - Marsala DOC Vigna la Miccia Superiore Oro
  - - Marsala DOC Superiore Riserva 10 Anni
  - - Marsala DOC Superiore Riserva Vintage 1986

  • Pupillo with:

  - one white wine
  - - Cyane IGP (Moscato Bianco)
  - one red wine
  - - Re Federico (Nero D'Avola)
  - and two dessert wines
  - - Pollio DOC (Moscato Bianco)
  - - Solacium DOC (Moscato Bianco)

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