With thoughtful pairings curated by Chef Nicholas Stefanelli and our awarded team of skilled sommeliers enjoy special pairings on the Sicilian tasting menu with the wines of Passopisciaro as well as special By-The-Glass pours.
In 2000 Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an old farm and cellars on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in northeastern Sicily. At Passopisciaro, he focuses on the native grape Nerello Mascalese and its various expressions of terroir and altitudes through a series of crus, as well as the varieties Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile.
The high altitude, sun-drenched vineyards are idyllic yet a constant plume of smoke and the odd ash-filled belch present a constant reminder that Etna is indeed a volcano with attitude, given to relatively frequent lava spills. These spills devastate the landscape, yet each flow leaves a unique mineral profile, giving rise to the notion of various terroirs, called contrade. Each contrada has a unique expression of the grape that we will be highlighting by the glass on Thursday, September 19th.