The large Seattle retail company of wines, Garagiste, received great press in the Seattle Post.  Among the discussion of wines was this good press,

Among Rimmerman’s latest finds is Frank Cornelissen, a Norwegian winemaker who is working old vines growing in the deep-black volcanic ash and rock on the flanks of Mount Etna, the active volcano in Sicily.

Cornelissen uses so-called biodynamic techniques, which can include stuffing powdered quartz into a cow horn and burying it in the soil. Rimmerman said he believes those techniques work.

In producing his 2005 MunJebel #3 red wine, ($58 for 750 milliliters), Cornelissen presses not just the fruit but also the stems and stalks, creating what Rimmerman called “some of the most natural wines being produced in the world. They’re very eccentric. If you can imagine biting into solid rocks and minerals, that’s what they taste of.”

Doesn’t sound quite as yummy as molten plums. But Garagiste tries to expose customers to the unusual.

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