Catarratto is the most planted grape in Sicilia.
Citrus and Flowers (Orange Zest and Citrus Blossoms), Grapefruit and Passion Fruit are typical Catarratto aromas.
With notes of Herbs, Sweet Spices, and a nice Salinity and a slightly bitter Mineral finish.
Catarratto wines are typically fresh with a medium structure, and a mild acidity:
Catarratto is very versatile. It pairs well with Fish and Seafood, white Meat, grilled Vegetables, and soft Goat Cheese.
Salads. Caper Salad.
Fish. Seafood. Chili Prawns.
Rice. Pasta. Risotto.
Mediterranean Fish. Tuna.
Salmon. Sushi. Sashimi.
White Meat. Chicken Salad.
Soft Goat Cheese.
Insalata di Tonno e Capperi (Tuna and Capers).
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The Montrachet glass is perfect for full-bodied white wines such as:
The wide bowl steers the wine to the sensitive parts of the tongue, ensuring that the acidity creates a harmonious balance with the sweet aromas of aged wines.
The wide bowl allows the full bouquet of aromas to develop, and minimise the risk for it to be over-concentrated.
In Sicily, Catarratto makes up about 60% of the total vineyard area, and over-production has sometimes been a problem.
Catarratto is not a high quality wine grape. It has a neutral taste and low acidity, and is often regarded as a blending grape, or an ingredient in Marsala wines.
But the grape can produce both light and easy-drinking wines, as well as full bodied wines, and dedicated producers can produce interesting fruty wines with crisp lemon flavors.
Etna DOC is a wine region on the north, east, and south hills of Mount Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe.
The region was established in 1968:
Etna DOC Bianco:
Minimum 60% Carricante. Max 40% Catarratto (max 40%). Up to 15% Minella or Trebbiano.
Etna DOC Bianco Superiore:
Minimum 80% Carricante. Max 20% Catarratto, Trebbiano, or Minella. Grapes must be exclusively from the Milo area.
Etna DOC Rosso:
Minimum 80% Nerello Mascalese. Max 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Up to 10% other Sicilian grapes.
Etna DOC Rosso Riserva:
Minimum 80% Nerello Mascalese. Max 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Up to 10% other Sicilian grapes. Minimum 4 years aging, with minimum one year in barrel.
Etna DOC Rosato:
Minimum 80% Nerello Mascalese. Max 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Up to 10% other grapes, including white.
Etna DOC Spumante:
Minimum 60% Nerello Mascalese. Max 40% of other Sicilian varieties.
Etna D.O.C. territory is closely tied to the biggest active volcano in Europe - Etna. Much of it is covered with crops and natural vegetation. Among the cultivated species the grape vine has always played a major role.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. The capital is Palermo.
It is known for old ruins, sandy beaches, seafood, and the Marsala dessert wine.
Sicily is also well respected for the dry wines of Etna and Vittoria.
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