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WineFairy chats with Antonio Rallo of Donnafugata; Becky Sue Epstein on wines from Etna; and Bill Galarneau of East Bay Vintners Alliance

1st segment of this weeks Show: Wine Varietals: "Tenuta di Donnafugata" Renowned For Use of Native Sicilian & international Grape Varieties - Antonio Rallo
 
Donnafugata grew out of the Rallo family's commitment to Sicily, always believinig in the extraordinary enological potential of the land since 1851. The Donnafugata wines are produced at three distinct grape-growing sites in western Sicily: the historic cellars in Marsala, built in 1851; the cellar at Contessa Entellina, where the company has 642 acres of vineyards planted to Ansonica, Catarratto, Nero d'Avola, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah; and the cellar on the volcanic island of Pantelleria, where Donnafugata cultivates 104 acres of Zibibbo vineyards. Antonio Rallo is the fifth generation making wine at Donnafugata.

 

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2nd segment of this weeks Show: Wine Travel: Sicilia en Primeur a Tasting Crosswind of Ancient and Modern Cultures - Becky Sue Epstein
 
"The further from the mainland you get, the more you feel you're on a separate continent, set out in the Mediterranean Sea, the center of the ancient world. Every province has its own character, and the wines are no exception. The newest standout is Etna, the province around the volcano, where wineries are springing up in this unique terroir, the winemakers lured by altitude, independence and potential. With red wines, producers make a range from international to modern unoaked to ancient styles. The white wines of Etna really stood out to me, their aromatics, crispness and minerality providing a vivid expression of the volcanic soils the grapes are grown in. Nearby is Sicily's only DOCG: Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the wine a blend of nero d'Avila and frappato, two indigenous red grapes."

 

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3rd segment of this weeks Show: Wine Organizations: East Bay Vintner's Alliance Urban Winemakers Choose Freedom to Experiment - Bill Galarneau
 
The East Bay Vintner's Alliance (EBVA) is a collection of twenty-two innovative, urban wineries spanning from Alameda to North Berkeley, and producing some of the highest quality wine through means of sourcing the best fruit and ingredients possible. Founded in 2007 and officially headquartered in Oakland, CA, the EBVA prides itself in being the 'earliest group of modern age winemakers,' sourcing fruit from Oregon to Southern California, and as far away as the Rhone Valley in France. The EBVA uses both cutting-edge and traditional methods to create destination-worthy wines in an undiscovered, urban wine country. Bill Galarneau, President of EBVA, produces fruit and dessert wines under member Adams Point Winery.

 

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4th segment of this weeks Show: Wine Organizations: Passport to the East Bay Wine Trail April 2, 22 wineries, 6 destinations, 75+ wines - Bill Galarneau
 
Vintner's Alliance, presents the 4th annual 'Passport to the East Bay' April 2nd, 12 - 5 pm, featuring 21 award-winning urban wineries pouring at six winery locations. The East Bay Wine Trail wanders the concrete jungle of Oakland and Alameda, providing hours of imbibing and hors doeuvres. You'll get to sample the classics: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Pinot Noir, but also more intrepid varietals like Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional & Roussanne. Designated drivers will receive a complimentary coffee mug. Take advantage of the urban environment and use public transit. A shuttle bus between wineries, BART, and the Oakland Ferry will be provided by The Mexican Bus. COST: $40 in advance or $45 at the door. ($10 ticket for designated drivers)

 

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lynn krielow chamberlain is an independent wine and food journalist and host of the "Wine and Dine" radio show heard on VinVillageRadio broadcast on wsRadio, the world-wide leader in internet talk-radio with over 4-million listeners a month!


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