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Crazy news, everyone: John and I are going to be at an event!

Here’s the skinny:

67 Wine and Spirits is hosting a free Sicilian wine tasting at their shop. Robert Camuto, author of Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey will be discussing his book, and there will be a sampling of Sicilian wines from a four different producers. In addition, John and I will be there offering our homemade ricotta cheese as a complement to the wine. It’s going to be fun, and you should come check it out.

I will be making this ricotta cheese (and maybe another variety):

Also, one of the featured wine producers, Arianna Occhipinti, makes my current favorite wine. You will not be able to sample it because I will be hoarding all the available bottles. This is the one of which I speak:

Here are the full details and the link to the formal, engraved invitation is here.

Where: 67 Wine and Spirits
179 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
(212) 724-6767

When: Saturday, March 19, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Join Award-winning author Robert V. Camuto for a discussion of his most recent book, Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey, as well as a tasting of Sicilian wines.

Palmento is the story of author Camuto’s year-long quest to explore Sicily’s emerging wine scene. Amid the wild landscapes, lavish markets, and astonishing natural warmth of its people, Camuto portrays Sicily at a shining moment in history. He takes readers into the anti-Mafia movement growing in the former mob vineyards around infamous Corleone; tells the stories of some of the island’s most prominent landowning families; and introduces us to film and music celebrities and other foreigners drawn to Sicily’s vineyards. Above all, he introduces readers to the wonderful culture and flavor of Sicilian wine.

Camuto will be at 67 Wine & Spirits Shop from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a book discussion and tasting of Sicilian wines, including several from winemakers profiled in Palmento. Additionally, Sicilian treats including artisan focaccia and handmade ricotta will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Wines producers featured in the book and the tasting:

COS
Ramí (50% Greciano 50% Insolia)
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico (60% Nero d’Avola 40% Frappato)
Pithos (anfora 60% Nero d’Avola 40% Frappato)

Arianna Occhipinti
Il Frappato

Frank Cornelissen
Munjibel Rosso #6

Tasca d’Almerita
Regaleali Bianco (Inzolia, Catarratto and Grecanico)
Regaleali Nero d’Avola

We’ll also have Arianna Occhipinti’s two olive oils – Gheta and Pantarei – on hand to taste, as well as handmade ricotta from Elana Iaciofano of John and Elana Talk About Food. Ben Wood, one of our buyers and resident bread maker will offer for the noshing his fabled focaccia.

** We would like to note that we are not responsible for any disappointment you may feel upon meeting us in person. However, John would like to add this his hair is WAY more impressive in real life.

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