Winery of the Month

Winery of the Month – OCT 2018
Sicilian Wines

The biggest island in the Mediterranean holds an interesting vinous history.  It has been inhabited by the Sicilians (who the island is named after), Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, and Spanish.  The Greeks introduced trellising and pruning methods to increase both quality and quantity.  The Romans introduced the wines to the rest of Italy and Europe.  When the Byzantines took control they once again increased vineyard and winemaking quality.  After the Byzantines winemaking and the Island suffered many ups and downs.  In 1773 John Woodhouse landed in the port of Marsala.  Here, he came in contact with the sweet wine Marsala.  Port and sherry were popular in England at the time.  The sweet styles of wine dominated Sicilian wine making until the 1881 when Phylloxera, a root louse that destroyed entire vineyards, invaded the island.  By the time the wine industry had recovered in the mid 1900’s tastes had changed.  Sicily took some time to adapt to these changes. 

 

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WINERY of the MONTH

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sicily is ideal for grape growing.  The summers are warm with only small but dependable amounts of rain.  The rocky soil, which is bad for most crops, is ideal for grapes.  It forces the plant to focus energy on root and berry development instead of canopy growth.  The breezes from the Mediterranean keep the grape clusters dry which inhibit disease growth.  With all these factors it is no surprise that Sicily produces over 800 million gallons of wine a year.  A very large proportion of this wine is grown Organically.  As of this writing we are seeing more attention paid to indigenous varietals and traditional wine-making techniques.  So, grab a Sicilian wine and let us know what you think.

Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese

Here is an interesting blend of Grillo and Cataratto.  The wine is medium bodied with high acidity.  Flavors of stone fruits with some lemon underneath.  There are some light herbal flavors to go with some almond on the finish.
Regularly $13.99   Sale $10.99

Firriato Etna Bianco

We now move to the slopes of the most active volcano in Europe.  Here we see a typical Etna blend of Carricante and Cataratto.  You will definitely notice some floral flavors alongside peach and ripe yellow pears.  The wine is medium bodied with medium acidity. 
Regularly $24.99    Sale $19.99

Pietradolce Etna Rosso

Once again we are on the volcanic slopes of Mt Etna.  This time though the wine is red and made from Norello Mascalese.  The wine is light in body and color, but not in flavor.  Red berries highlight this wine along some tobacco and some savory herbs. 
Regularly $25.99    Sale $20.99

Alcestri Frappato

Frappato is one of the oldest varieties on the Island.  It is a light bodied red wine that is full of bright fresh red berries.  This is a great wine for pizza, salami, hard cheeses, or spicy foods.
Regularly $12.99    Sale $9.99

Marco de Bartoli Rosso di Marco

This one is made from the Pignatello grape, known locally as Perricone.  This wine is typical of Pignatello in that it is medium bodied and full of ripe red fruits with floral aromas. 
Regularly $29.99   Sale $23.99

Occhipinti SP-68

Frappato and Nero d’Avola make up this blend from Arianna Occhipinti.  She is completely organic with no interventions at all.  The wine is fresh and vibrant with a some violet on top of the bright red berries and plum flavors.
Regularly $24.99   Sale $19.99

03-18-2020 TEMPORARY HOURS

We will be open DAILY from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm for Carry-Out Food, Pick Up Food Window, and our Wine-Food Market.

Thank you for your continued support.

410-224-1330


03-17-2020 Dear Italian Market Supporters,
With the trepidation surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus we wanted to inform you of the extra precautions that have been implemented.  All our food preparation areas are normally cleaned and sanitized at the beginning and end of every shift. We have increased this to hourly.  This hourly cleaning and food grade sanitizing regime will incorporate all surfaces that our guests can encounter.

  • This will include all self-service counters, ordering and receiving counters, bathroom facilities, door handles, push plates and any other area that I am failing to remember at this moment.
  • The tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized after every use.
  • All our cleaning and sanitizing agents are food service grade.

For those who would like a bit more distance than the recommended 6 feet of space between people, we offer a drive thru pick-up window. You can give us a call and drive by for pick up.  We go above the necessary not because of any regulations but because of family. This restaurant is a family establishment. It reflects the idea of family that the Lubrano’s hold. On any given day, you can come in and likely run into a family member dining here. These ideas extend beyond the immediate. They extend to the staff, many of which have been with the family for more than 7 years. They also extend to you, our guests. We want to make you feel as though you are with family every time you are here.

From our family to yours, stay safe and take care of one another.

410-224-1330

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