The Sicily vacation was scheduled before we opened the store, joining our friends Jen and Josh Ziskin owners of the restaurants La Morra and the Heritage Inn of Sherborn, and a few friends who enjoy great food, wine, have a lust for adventure, want to cook with Chef Josh.  Little did we know that we would be selling olive oil from Sicily and visiting olive oil producers too.

Sharing the travelogue of pictures…scroll along quickly…and book your next vacation!

First glass of Rose at Planeta in Trapani

First glass of Rose’ at Planeta in Trapani

 

Herbs and Grape Vines overlooking the sea

Herbs and Fields of Grape Vines overlooking the sea

We began in Palermo, west to Trapani, south to Agrigento, east to Vittoria, Ragusa, Noto, north to Siracusa, Mt Etna, and ending in Taormina, we put on a lot of miles and covered many climates influenced by the sea, rain, hot and dry, volcanic, and forest.  These climate changes the wine production, grapes, and olive trees as well as fruit and vegetables.  June was a perfect time to go…

First course, l little bit of soup, gnocchi, and finished with olive oil

First course, l little bit of fava bean soup, gnocchi, and finished with olive oil

We learned the ancient art of making Ricotta and Provolone cheese visiting a local farmer

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First stop shopping for vegetables for dinner

First stop shopping for vegetables for dinner- love those cranberry beans

Mulberries are delicious

Mulberries are delicious

Kneeding the dough for tonight's pasta

Kneeding the dough for tonight’s pasta

Finished product…easy!

Finished product…easy!

I'm a lover of the crunchy bread crumbs too

I’m a lover of the crunchy bread crumbs too with any type of pasta-with anchovies

Looks Familiar? Temple in Agrigento

Temple in Agrigento

The Oldest Olive Tree…how do they know this as the trunk is hollow

The Oldest Olive Tree…

Visiting Taibi Olive Grove

Visiting Taibi Olive Grove

Mr Taibi proudly looking over his olive trees with our guide Tom and Chef Josh

Mr Taibi owner Taibi Olive Oil proudly looking over his olive trees with our guide Tom from Divine Travel and Chef Josh

We learned about early harvest, what constitutes organic, planting fava beans around the trunk of the trees to enhance minerals, and the art of pruning to regulate the harvest.  Both Nocellara and Biancoliila olives are grown here.  Award Winning 2015 harvest…and we carry their oil.

Cos Winery is Outstanding

COS Winery is Outstanding

How the grape harvest starts and is preserved in the heat

How the grape harvest starts and is preserved in the heat

We appreciated the expertise and old world methods of the COS Winery

Artwork by the team decorates the cellars

Artwork by the team decorates the cellars

Sicilian Boat Captain serving lunch

Sicilian Boat Captain serving lunch- he caught the sardines

We fished for our dinner on a boat that could have been the Deadly Catch

we did not catch this tuna, but watched the fishmongers

NO-we did not catch this tuna, but watched the fishmongers

The fish we caught and cooked

YES- we caught these fishes and cooked them

Lunch seaside

Lunch seaside

A snack before dinner, 5 different sausages

A snack before dinner, 5 different sausages

Typical picture, could be anywhere in Sicily

Typical picture, could be anywhere in Sicily

Planeta near Mt Etna

Planeta near Mt Etna- hospitality at its finest

Enjoyed the wine and olive oil that comes from this region, different taste with the same olives crushed without the pits…will try to order from this producer.

Branding is perfection. Love these paper placemats

Branding is perfection. Love these paper placemats

Taormina shopping

Taormina shopping

Searching for the perfect Negroni and Aperol Spritz

Searching for the perfect Negroni and Aperol Spritz

The Taormina Film Fest had begun and Richard Gere was the honorary president. He and assistant and body guards came into the store where we were shopping.  I was star struck!  There were just 4 of us and him and entourage.

We saw 3 weddings- say yes to the dress

We saw 3 weddings- say yes to the dress-Italian Style

Cleaning the fish was my specialty

Cleaning the fish was my specialty

The last supper with the group was grilling and chopping and enjoying the delicious wines we had tasted.  Toasts of friendship and shared adventures.  And CJ and staff did a great job taking charge of the store while we were gone…Bravo!

ps…you can buy the wines from these wineries at Heritage Wine Shop in Sherborn…and book a trip with Duvine Travel. They will not disappoint.

 

Carol Sapoznik
Life happens in the “and” moments – the places where we let more in, allow new directions of thought, create connections, remain open to all possibilities.
After 4+ decades at Crate & Barrel, I'm writing on retail, travel, marketing, the arts, causes that matter, & everything along this journey forward.

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