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May 09, 2012
Ben Rye - Sicilian Gold

Suddenly Sicilian wines are popular in North America, and last week the Donna Fugata winery brought their best bottles to town to show us why.

Several were worthy of articles on their own, if only because the native Sicilian grapes rarely appear on Vancouver tasting tables. Cattarratto, Ansonica, Zibibbo, Nero d'Avola and Tannat were some of the varietals on show, both as 100% bottlings as well as in blends with more familiar grapes such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

We were on a specific hunt however, and soon gravitated to the end of the tasting table towards the exquisite Ben Ryé (pronounced bear-e-AY). Not only did we find the fabled dessert wine, but surprise!, its companion bottle of Grappa too ... CONTINUE READING...

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