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Zibibbo

Zibibbo, also known as Muscat of Alexandria, is a white grape variety with a variety of aromas and flavours. It is most commonly grown in Sicily, where it has been a popular grape variety since the 12th century.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Zibibbo has a greenish yellow colour, with an intense aroma of rose, honeysuckle, peach, apricot and orange. Its taste is sweet and intense, with hints of tropical fruits and citrus.

Fresh Zibibbo grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Zibibbo is mainly grown in Sicily. The variety is known by many other synonyms in the Mediterranean countries where it grows, such as Greece, Spain, Australia, etc. Zibibbo is a vigorous variety and needs to be carefully pruned to prevent overproduction. It is best suited to warm climates and is prone to bunch rot and mildew. It is often blended with other varieties, such as Grillo, Moscato Bianco and Catarratto, to create a complex and aromatic wine. In Sicily, Zibibbo is most commonly used to make a fortified wine called Marsala. It is also used to make sweet, sparkling, and still wines. In Greece, it is used to make a sweet, sparkling wine called Commandaria. In Spain, it is used to make a sweet and fortified wine called Malaga. Zibibbo's sweetness makes it a great match for spicy foods and rich desserts. It also pairs well with soft cheeses and fruit-based desserts.

Foods to pair with Zibibbo:

Asian food
Pasta
Curry
Deep fried
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Zibibbo
As an an anecdote, Zibibbo's name derived from the Arabic word 'zabīb', which means dried grapes or raisins.

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Marco de Bartoli Bukkuram Padre della Vigna Passito di Pantelleria is a distinguished Italian dessert wine with a fascinating history. Produced by Marco de Bartoli, a Sicilian winemaker known for reviving traditional winemaking methods, this wine hails from the Pantelleria, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Sicily. The vineyards are characterized by volcanic soils and extreme climatic conditions, with vines often grown in small craters, known as "muretti." The grapes, primarily Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria), are meticulously dried on the vines, then fermented and aged in oak barrels. The result is a luscious and concentrated wine, rich in flavors of dried apricots, citrus, and honey, with a balancing acidity. This Passito wine embodies the essence of Pantelleria, showcasing its unique terroir and the mastery of Marco de Bartoli. It's an exceptional choice for those seeking a sweet and complex wine experience.
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