Sicily Beyond the Vine
Sicily has a long history of foreign domination and each culture has contributed to the art, architecture, music, cuisine and traditions comprising the many layered fabric that is present day Sicily. The influences of Arab, Spanish and Normans are evident in the architecture, agriculture and food. The historic Greek town of Siracusa, in its most influential period, rivaled Athens. The dramatically situated Greek temples near Agrigento are remnants of the thriving Greek culture that once occupied this island. The capital of this region, Palermo, demonstrates the architectural influences of the many cultures inhabiting this city and the tastes and smells wafting from the markets and restaurants suggest influences from Africa. On this trip we will explore the food typical of the many diverse locations throughout the island and taste the wines exhibiting their unique qualities from the west coast to the slopes of the active volcano, Mt Etna. We will talk to the winemakers, tour their vineyards, engage in hands on cooking lessons of traditional Sicilian food and enjoy our daily repasts, savoring the special blending of many civilizations. Chris Zimmerman, a well known specialist in Italian wine and Andrea Aldrich, an Italian travel specialist, will be your personal guides.