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The wine buff: Transport yourself to warmer shores with these wines from top holiday destinations

We may not be able to travel abroad right, but you can pop a cork and transport yourself to warmer shores

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A vineyard in Sicily

A vineyard in Sicily

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Castellore Organic Grillo Spumante

Castellore Organic Grillo Spumante

Donnafugata `Sherazade` Nero d'Avola 2018

Donnafugata `Sherazade` Nero d'Avola 2018

Vidonia 2018

Vidonia 2018

Il Padrino Rosso

Il Padrino Rosso

Kamara Pure Shadow Play

Kamara Pure Shadow Play

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A vineyard in Sicily

As we approach Phase 3 of lockdown on Monday, and travel restrictions are lifted, it is likely that plenty of us will be heading for the coast. It is less likely that the coast in question will be outside Ireland. But one of the best ways of transporting yourself is by drinking a wine from a country or region that you've holidayed in and pairing it with the region's food.

I dream of returning to Sicily. I was there for the first time last summer and fell in love with the island, from the slightly grungy appeal of Catania, to the absolute stunning vista of Mount Etna.

When I was there, I visited the Pietradolce winery, where ancient bush vines push through the volcanic soil at altitudes of 600 to 900 metres above sea level, and the wines are made from little-known indigenous grapes, which include the black variety, Nerello Mascalese, and the white variety, Carricante.