Why You Should Explore The World Of Sicilian Red Wines

Sicily is better known for its red wines, even though they are only about a third of the Mediterranean island’s output. Many a pizza or pasta dinner has been accompanied by Sicily’s inexpensive, ubiquitous red wine Nero d’Avola.  The island hosts a large number of red wine varietals. International varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. More interesting are the several dozen, ancient, indigenous red wine grapes, in particular: Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato and Perricone Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s best-known red wine grape and, at 18% of vineyard acreage, 34,000 acres, its most widely planted. The grape, grown all over Sicily, is named after the seaside town of Avola in Sicily’s southeast corner in the Syracusa region. Plantings of Nero d’Avola have begun to appear in Australia, and to a lesser extent California, although 98% of all plantings of the varietal are still in Sicily. It reaches its most sophisticated expression, however, in the neighboring province of Ragusa, to the west, where along with Frappato it forms the basis of Sicily’s only DOCG (Denominazione di origine controllata) appellation: Cerasuolo di Victoria. Nero d’Avola, also known as Cal...

69 Ridiculously Clever Things Under-$30 Most Added To Amazon Wish Lists

I love it when someone straight up tells me what’s on their Amazon wish list. For one: it gives me ideas if I ever need to buy gifts for them in the future. And another bonus: it introduces me to hidden gems I would have never found by just browsing. However, I’ve gone a step further then just asking friends and family what they’re loving on Amazon. We’ve crowd-sourced other people’s wish lists on Amazon, zeroing in on the most ingenious, sought-after, wallet-friendly products there are. There’s sure to be something for everyone on this list of clever things under-$30, so get ready to click through. Want a sampling? For someone who’s always out of town, there’s a smart plug that lets you turn your lights on and off from your phone. For someone you know who’s overworked and under-rested (probably you), there’s an energizing aromatherapy spray and stress-relieving candle. There’s a grilling spatula that has a built-in fork, knife, and (ahem) bottle opener. The lists go on — and you can make anyone’s shopping dream a reality. So take the guesswork out of shopping and opt for one of these most-wished for items. ...