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I walked into the fine wine section of Majestic Wines and met Planeta Cometa for the first time. I’d never heard of this Scillian maker or seen a wine that is almost orange in the bottle. The bloke tried to sell it to me but I wasn’t convinced. Perhaps I should have been, because I’ve come home and lo’ and behold if Wine Spectator isn’t writing about their plans to produce a win that might have been Caesar’s favourite.

“What would Julius Caesar drink? Planeta, one of Sicily’s best-known wineries, plans to produce a wine that might have been the Roman emperor’s favorite. The wine will come from vineyards in the little-known appellation of Mamertino in the northeastern part of the island that Planeta recently leased.

In Roman times, Mamertino was reputed to produce one of Sicily’s top wines, a red Caesar ordered for feasts. The winery is currently collaborating on a research project with Attilio Scienza, a professor of viticulture from the University of Milan. Their goal is to discover the forgotten indigenous grape variety that was blended with Nocera grapes to produce Mamertino. They hope to get as close as possible to the original blend that Caesar used to drink.”

Note to self. Be more adventurous next time.


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