Without a doubt, Sicily is Italy’s hottest wine region right now.
Thanks to the multitude of kingdoms and cultures that have occupied this triangle-shaped island, Sicily represents Italy’s most exciting wine landscape. With sweeping mountains in the center, broad coastlines, and Europe’s highest and most active volcano, Sicily provides a wide array of wine styles in every shade and color.
In this class, we’ll wander from Mt. Etna to Marsala while tasting eight classic examples of Sicily’s vast amount of indigenous grapes, such as Grillo, Carricante, Nerello Mascalese, and Nero d’Avola. We’ll discuss Sicily’s long and storied history, why there’s a trend toward volcanic wines, and understand just how the varied terroir affects each region.
A light snack is provided.
Masterclass Host: Restaurant Olivia wine director, Scott Thomas
Scott joined Restaurant Olivia as their wine director in April 2023, bringing decades of experience in wine and hospitality. He's also the founder of Grappolo Wine School, which he established in 2022. Scott is highly passionate about educating others and aims to share his love for wine and food cultures with passionate enthusiasts and industry professionals. He holds certifications as a Certified Wine Educator and Certified Sommelier and recently received a Master's degree in Wine Culture from the University of Gastronomic Sciences after spending two immersive years in the Barolo region of northern Italy. Scott has also earned the esteemed titles of Italian Wine Ambassador, certified Italian Wine Educator, and official Orvieto Ambassador.