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!
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…
We learned the ancient art of making Ricotta and Provolone cheese visiting a local farmer
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.
We appreciated the expertise and old world methods of the COS Winery
We fished for our dinner on a boat that could have been the Deadly Catch
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.
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.
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!