The more wines out of Sicily I try the more impressed I become. Some of the cooler-climate areas, like those around Etna continue to turn out stellar bottles. The 2012 Occhipinti SP68—a blend of Albanello, a variety native to the Ragusa area near Vittoria and Zibibbo—knocked my socks off when I had in New York a couple of weeks ago. It’s floral and balanced and was amazing the world’s most expensive roast chicken ($79 at Nomad: yes it was good but how good can roast chicken get?).
Another one of my favorite Zibbios is Cantine Fina 2011 Taif, imported by Bay Area importer Un Po Pazzo (they have a really nice Sicilian lineup overall). The island of Sicily, closer to North Africa than mainland Italy, is really making a name for itself with cool-climate reds as well (think Frappato and Nerello Mascalese more than Nero d’Avola). Bar Elo in NY offers a big lineup of Sicilian wines and 54Mint in San Francisco does as well.
Liza the Wine Chick