SommCon - ETNA and BEYOND — A Masterclass on the Past, Present & Future of Sicilian Wine

Join Sheri Sauter Morano, Master of Wine and Geralyn Brostrom, IWP for a Master Class on the wines of Etna, Sicily.

ETNA and BEYOND — A Masterclass on the Past, Present & Future of Sicilian Wine

SommCon Washington DC Workshop July 22, 2018

“To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.” This quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the late 1780s still seems to express the sentiments of many a visitor to Sicily today.

The essence of the island is a series of contrasts—wild and sophisticated, provincial and worldly, isolated yet at the center—and her wines are no exception. The revival of Etna’s wines has fueled a feverish interest in the entire island’s offerings. From Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Grillo, Catarratto, and Carricante to the Nerellos (Mascalese and Cappuccio alike), Sicily is a wine country unto itself.

Join Sheri Sauter Morano MW and Geralyn Brostrom from Italian Wine Central for an immersion into the wine styles, culture, history—and yes, foods—of Sicily. The wine tasting focus will be on Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties, showcasing some of the best examples that are coming out of Sicily today. The range of flavors from one end of the island to the other are significant, so we’ll taste wines from Etna in the east to the venerable Marsala in the west to the profound passito wines from the island of Pantelleria, where wine production defies the conditions.

This masterclass will feature 16 wines from across the island.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Italian Wine Central

Presented by Italian Wine Central, your first stop for unbiased information about the wines of Italy.

Seminar Program Topics

  • History & culture of Sicily through the ages
  • Geography & terroir and how it affects wines
  • Soils/volcanic soils and what that means
  • DOC/DOCG regulations (how Sicily has changed over the last 20 yrs) and understanding subzones
  • Grape varieties: background, how much grown and where, flavor profiles
  • Key winemaking practices & trends
  • International markets for Sicilian wines and sales strategies
  • Tasting of key wine styles from all over the island

SommCon Washington DC Workshop July 22, 2018