Verita e Fidicia

lauren de simone mosaicThe rich soil of truth and trust is where real loyalty grows. By Lauren de Simone. Sicily is the land of bright sun, reflective seas and rich, ashy soil. On a recent family trip there, we met up with a local named Alberto, who shared his passion for the land and all it produces. Alberto asked if we’d like to go to a small winery called Gambino, and that was an offer we couldn’t refuse! When we drove up to the winery, the sun was high in the sky with a whisper of fall in the wind. Our tires crunched along Mt. Etna’s pebbled drive as the vineyards unfolded before us.

Francesco Gambino, a tall, gracious, sun-weathered man, met us with a smile and told us, in his best English, about his family’s winery and how they started very modestly 30 years ago, supplying high-quality wine to il locali. As the family, grew and learned more, they have been able to produce more and better wine, recently winning a highly coveted award for one of their whites. Francesco welcomed us into his new winery, where we met his brother, who spoke less English, but shared their plans for expansion with us. Later, they served us homemade breads, local cheeses, olives, tomatoes, marinated eggplant and prosciutto as they poured some of their best vintages to try. This is where true brand loyalty begins. continue

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