SpaceX’s inaugural flight to the moon will occur in 2018 and 2 tickets are available for $35,000,000 each! Yep, count the zeros – that’s $35M but I’ve already seen the moon?!?

mt etna landscape

A few years ago we hiked Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe located only 20 miles from bustling tourist city of Catania, Sicily. It was a 3 hour hike from basecamp to reach one of five craters at 11,000 feet elevation and what an incredible ominous experience! A lunar desert of black lava rock, barren without vegetation, the scorching summer heat of Sicily replaced by chilling winds and cold…the moon can’t look different than this!

Not far from this barren wasteland in the foothills surrounding Mt Etna, a handful of winemakers are producing quality red and white wines under the Etna appellation. Vineyards grow on steep slopes at elevations of 1,000 to 4,000 feet – the highest vineyards in Europe. Volcanic soil from centuries of Etna’s eruptions is rich in minerals and Sicily’s climate is ideal for agriculture.

alta mora etna bianco 2014

CUSUMANO Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2013 |
100% Carricante | 12.5% ALC | $19 |

Alta Mora (tall black in Italian) is new winery opened by Cusumano to produce wine from Etna vineyards. Carricante, a native Sicilian grape, grows in vineyards at 1,800 feet above sea level. Alta Mora Etna Bianco is White wine similar to Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality, citrus notes and full body – ideal for pairing with seafood and fresh vegetables.

Mark your calendar for a wine and food pairing on Wednesday, May 10. Bob the WineGuy and Mayfair Farms will host five course meal paired with five wines. Details to follow.  

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