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Sicily Wine Tour Hotel Carmine Marsala

First Sicily tour has commenced


Fliss, Tim’s wife is reporting on the first tour of the season – how lucky am I to come to this beautiful place with such a nice group of people!

A full day of travel – most of us experienced Romeo or Milan airports for nearly four hours, and we have arrived in Sicily.  The drive from Palermo to Marsala was fabulous: the countryside so green and fertile, the sea always in view and hints of some proper mountains.  Most of the group is in the Hotel Carmine, with a few of us round the corner in the Hotel Stella d’Italia.  80 paces away from the Carmine is Restaurante Casa Mia, who did us proud for our first night.

After a glass of Marsala (good stuff, lovely acidity) in the Carmine we settled down for a great introduction to bountiful Sicilian cuisine and warm hospitality.  First course was a plate of antipasti, well actually three huge plates of antipasti between fifteen of us, and a couple of local vegetable dishes to add even more flavour.  Too late Tim reminded us that we still had a main course and pudding to come.

Main course was a ‘mixed grill’ – but this wasn’t Little Chef stuff, the beef was pink and mouthwatering, the lamb chop tasted amazing and the sausages would have been a meal in themselves.  Despite much groaning at how full we felt we all managed pudding, a delicious chocolate/almond torta.

Oh yes, we’ve come here for the wine!  A fresh Grillo and a very balanced Syrah were great accompaniments and augered well for our coming wine explorations.  I’ve no doubt we will have a lot more to report on tomorrow.