Sicilian Wine Today: Reviving Old Grape Varieties and the Return of Mamertino


Mar 25, 2017 – 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Longtime Culinary Historian member Kathryn Occhipinti opened the New York Times Magazine to find an article about a Sicilian winery bearing her family name. She learned from articles in the New York Times and Wine Spectator the Occhipinti family was making world-class wines. She visited the Occhipinti winery on her next summer vacation to learn more.

This ignited a passion for Sicilian wine, which she continues to research since returning home. She learned of ancient grape varieties in the Sicilian provinces of Agrigento and Messina. These grapes are revolutionizing the way Sicilian wine is regarded in the world today. Learn about the rebirth of Julius Caesar’s favorite wine: Mamertino. She loves to share her knowledge about Sicily’s wine revolution.

Dr. Kathryn Occhipinti is a radiologist of Italian-American descent who has been leading Italian language groups in the Peoria and Chicago areas for 10 years. She focuses on methods to make learning Italian as a second language easy and enjoyable for the adult audience. Using her experience, she wrote the Conversational Italian for Travelers series of books to introduce the fundamentals of the Italian language.


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