Italy, Sicily
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Arianna Occhipinti, the Janet Jackson of Sicily Winemakers

At age 22, we were dominating flip cup (Blake) and transitioning from vanilla-vodka-and-cokes to much more sophisticated Jamison-and-gingers (MacKenzie). Arianna Occhipinti was starting her vineyard. Ten years later, Occhipinti wines are something of a cult favorite, their draw strong enough to bring us to the agricultural region around the city of Vittoria.

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Arianna’s wines are all natural: no pesticides, no irrigation, no preservatives. Our sweet and seemingly tireless vineyard guide, Alessandra, explained that irrigation produces grapes that are overly coddled and unremarkable, B- minus students who “just really need to take a couple semesters off because snowboarding is where I feel most whole.” Take away the water, and you get hardy vines whose roots extend deep into the mineral-abundant earth and whose fruit is sugar-rich—the better to attract insects that will help spread the seeds.

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The care Arianna puts into her wine is evident. Without getting too much into arcane tasting notes, they’re delicious, particularly her SP68 white. It’s a blend of TK and moscato, the latter lending sweet notes to the nose that make the bright minerality of the wine something of a surprise.

Oh, also, there are puppies. This one goes by Xeno.

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