Wine – Italian

My Cloudy Friday and Local Tastings (Reflection 46)


Today is Friday and the last day of this week. Clouds are everywhere and I am carrying a jacket. That is a sharp difference from Tuesday and 100 degree weather. It has cooled down daily and is back to normal San Francisco weather and looks like will stay this way for a few more days. I cleaned up my twitter and think will be able to read everything posted by whom I follow. Twitter in its pure form is a Microblog and great for broadcasting if one knows which broadcast sources to follow. I use text messaging to follow very select list of those I follow but since everything tweeted showed up in my twitter app on my other phone I had a hard time reading thus finally chopped down to essentials. I hate to admit one criteria was whomever tweets a lot had to go because they join a river of tweets and if not essential turned into clutter. I also grouped my stuff into two lists of food and wine versus wireless and technology. That helps me focus on what I am following also and what sources are better. I read the same sources at different times but twitter is a good little update in real time if something important takes place. I am doing my best to attend wine tastings also. Some local shops have excellent events on regular basis that are commercial but valuable. I am trying to attend them until I have packed more of these events into my schedule. This week I am due at Puglia Tasting and so far had to put it off until today which is the last day and hopefully I will go. I would call that an interesting tasting since Puglia is not a fashionable nor significant wine region. I heard Salice Salentino can be quite good but only if very recently bottled. What I have found in US has been reserve which is okay but never impressed me to share anybody’s enthusiasm. Primitevo is okay to me but not a memorable grape to me. Trebbiano is however on top of my list. I think Trebbiano should be promoted for what it does. What is that? I think some grapes will be appreciated more while others will be avoided more if one deeply looks into a sample grape such as Trebbiano. I have therefore adopted Trebbiano as a favorite grape for reasons beyond basic. I have to admit nobody will ever join me in this interest but I find it stimulating.

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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Last Saturday of September should be World Trebbiano Day as of Now (Reflection 46)


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(Photo from Google Images – Trebbiano Grappoli)

Today is Saturday and what a day it is. I woke up fresh and sun was up and a beautiful day outside. Coffee and leftover mini donuts were followed by my shower but no shave. I have to figure out how not to do so much on my day off but cannot. No shave will help for now. I know temp will go as high as 95 today and almost ready for it. I carried a package to ship to my family and post office here has no service window so have to go to another one. I forgot to go to bank first before crashing at the Starbucks to do some work online. Bank is open late so I am saved. I declared today International Bambino day. Somehow I remember that as a name for Ugni Blanc or Trebbiano grape so kept my mistake as the standard. Grenache day was celebrated by our thoughtful local winemakers (who may be thirsty for my b.. by now) and I was foolish enough to question the significance of Grenache??? It does so much for local folks making experimental wine but besides that is what? I had to declare today International Day to celebrate Trebbiano. I think a grape that is blended into so many wines as filler or by cheating and distilled into so many wonderful spirits had to celebrated. My fondest memories of Trebbiano are my innocent question of a wine guru once about his thoughts on Trebbiano: “It ought to be banned.” He said emphatically and that was the last I ever heard or talked about Trebbiano ever. I think there is great value in celebrating Trebbiano or St Emillion or Ugni Blanc (or even Bambino? where did I get that from?) for all they do. After all where would the wine world be without high yield grapes? I am amazed that hardly anyone knows that 95% of all US wine is made in California (they sort of know) and 98% of that is made in Central Valley where temperature are the hot as the hottest spots in the world. I wonder what grows that keeps this industry going? Is it the high priced (by tonnage?) Merlot, Cab Sauv, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and so on or high yield grapes of questionable quality and character? I dare not answer. I am not writing to ruin anyone’s business but what drives wine industry anyway? Is it quality?

*This post belongs to this week’s edition of Wine by Cush Magazine blog and published early in World of Cush also.

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Re: Vino di Mussolini e Hitler a 6,95 euro in un centro commerciale GS (Carrefour)


Read the post if you can. I never followed up with neither French nor Italian lessons but had enough to dare to want to learn to read badly (someday). For now, only a few blog posts get my attention. I think the picture tells the story. I saw a videogame once that was German airforce fighting with allies from the German side. The box said ‘Not for sale in European Union.” I wonder where they make the stuff and where they sell them?


La foto parla chiaro: in un centro commerciale GS a Cuveglio in Lombardia, sugli scaffali ci sono pure queste bottiglie. Etichette che riportano il Duce Benito Mussolini e il Fuhrer Hitler. Una turista francese non ce l’ha fatta proprio a quella vista e ha tirato in ballo i giornali d’Oltralpe. La Carrefour perde colpi?

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