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Family vacation to Sicily, Italy
國家/地點: 意大利
旅程日期: 2010-08-14 至 2010-08-21
Marzamemi (意大利)
3 hour drive toward the South from Catania Airport
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Wine Tasting 笑臉2011-03-06
Wine Tasting Event
Wine Tasting Event
Live Band
Live Band
Gigantic Cheese!
Gigantic Cheese!
Sicilian Winemaker
Sicilian Winemaker
Wine tasting (drinking!) is always one of the highlights of my Italian trips, we drink wine EVERY dinner and sometimes also lunch.  My father-in-law loves wine, and he got ultra excited when he found out I work in the wine industry- throughout the year he saves up all the good bottles and we pop them open when we are altogether.

Apart from many home meals with family, relatives and friends, I also do many wine related activities in Sicily.  One of my favorite grapes, Nero d'Avola, originates from Sicily and it is available everywhere on the island at very good prices.  On the 'Night of the Stars' we went to a wine tasting event in Marzamemi.  It cost 5EUR to 'buy' a wine glass which allowed me to get wines poured freely all night long.  My in-laws had plans after so they did not get glasses, so the 4 of us shared 2 glasses.  Surprise surprise, nobody cared!  The reason for that was because this so-called wine tasting was in fact a huge party where everyone got absolutely drunk and people DID want their own glass to get the maximum they could get within a short time.  It was unlike any wine tasting in Hong Kong where people are often more preoccupied with the nose and the palate before they split everything, then talk obsessively about what they had just spit (OK I do that too).  Sometimes it is good to just relax and have a good time.

Half way through the event I got started talking to the chairman of the Sicily Sommelier Association, the only person who spoke English in the whole place, and he happily saved us all his recommendations.  We drank for a couple of hours non-stop and finished up with an amazing sweet wine, Passito, and danced the night away with a bunch of strangers next to the live band.  We topped our night by marching into a delicacy store and ate all their food samples- different kinds of olive paste, anchovies, mixed tuna and nuts paste and many other tasty things.  I did not dare to look at the shopkeeper, but I am sure he would forgive this poor Chinese tourist!

This was the kind of night I would picture as the Mediterranean lifestyle, and I can proudly say I lived up to it.
推介項目: Nero d'Avola, the grape of Sicily
入場價錢: 每人5歐元
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Family vacation to Sicily, Italy  (意大利)
(旅程日期: 2010-08-14 至 2010-08-21)
發表日期: 2010-12-13
I go to Italy twice a year, Sicily in August, then Tuscany in December.  My in-laws are Italians, so I am lucky to have a chance to learn a few things about this beautiful country on a ve...
發表日期: 2011-03-06