My first article on my trip to Sicily was published over on Palate Press today.  I must admit, it was difficult to write!  There was so much I wanted to say about this incredible region, and to have to compile a weeks worth of information, people, wine, food, scenery, into one article was a challenging task!

There were so many fantastic memories from the trip.  So much I wanted to say.  Starting with our arrival into the city of Palermo.

Scenes from Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Allys in Palermo, Sicily, Itlay

 Images of Palermo

Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Casual lunch at Osteria dei Vespri in the heart of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Osteria dei Vespri in the heart of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Lunchtime-entertainment-at-Osteria-dei-Vespri-restaurant-in-Palermo,-Sicily,-ItalyIncluding a casual lunch at Osteria dei Vespri in the heart of Palermo, with this sidewalk entertainment, before heading south into the countryside…

Valley of the Temples, Sicily, Italy

Valley of the Temples, Sicily, ItalyTo visit the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Followed by incredible views like this…

Room with a view -- view from Il Vigneto Resort, Menfi, Sicily, Italy

 And vineyards that lead right up to the sea…

Seaside Vineyard in Sicily, Italy

And don’t even get me started on the food…

The Food in Sicily

Especially the meatballs.

Sicilian Meatballs

And the Cannoli… OMG the Cannolis!!

Canoli in Sicily

Or all the sweets for that matter.

The sweet foods of Sicily

And then the time where I was offered hands-on cooking lessons from the locals. My hands got nice and dirty learning how to make homemade pasta from the experts.

Cooking lessons in Menfi, Sicily, Italy

And of course the fantastic wines!

The Wines of Sicily

And the gorgeous scenery.

Donnafugata Vineyard, Sicily, Italy

One of Donnafugata Winery’s many gorgeous vineyard sites in Sicily, lined with olive trees (above)

Pretty Building in Menfi, Sicily, Italy

Laguna dello Stagnone, Salt Mill, Marsala, Sicily, Italy

The Laguna dello Stagnone, Salt Mill, located in Marsala, Sicily

And last, but not least, fantastic people!

The Sicily Crew

My traveling companions, Frank Baldock from Winexpress (left), and  Jessica Altieri from Wine Channel TV (right)

The People of Sicily

After delving deep into my notes I realized the sum of what’s going on in the western Sicilian wine world could really be summarized through one incredible producer on the island – Donnafugata.  Understanding what’s going on with this producer is a great place to begin learning about Sicily and its wines.

There are so many more stories I have to share from this incredible region, so please stay tuned over the next few weeks as we explore, and savor, Sicily.

Until then, please check out my first piece on the region over at Palate PressDonnafugata and the New Western Sicily.

Morning run in Marsala, Sicily, Italy



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