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My wine said what?

I drank a great wine from Italy this week – Pio Cesare Barbera D’Alba 2008.  I looked it up on the internet with the intent of learning more about the wine and maybe find a description of it.  This is what the internet came up with …

This wine announces its modern intentions with polished opening notes of vanilla, caramel and coffee from aging in small French oak barrels… ” 90 Points Wine Enthusiast.

This wine announces its modern intentions? What does it mean and why didn’t I think of it? I love it. I desperately want to use that in casual conversation and I still have no idea what it means! Modern intentions indeed. I guess that if I was in the mood for a wine with post-modern intentions I would have been disappointed.

Congratulations Wine Enthusiast on taking the level of wine descriptions to a new level.

The google search "Wine with modern intentions" produced this from Tim Burton from the Museum of Modern Art

Why Italians are Clever

The Italians are brilliant people.  They have given the world so much culturally.  Sure there’s Dante (Inferno — the feel good book of 1308) and Da Vinci (that Mona Lisa girl is just plain cute), but I am talking about their real gift to the world, their real expression of genius – Espresso and Biscotti (the cookie so nice they bake it twice).  The Italians have made it perfectly acceptable to have cookies for breakfast!  If that’s not enough – and that should be enough- they drink adorable superstrong tiny coffees all day long. That is an act of pure genius.  Surely man can live on cookies and coffee alone.

I admit that when I visited Italy in the summer of 2008 I took far too many photos of my espresso – but the crema was so breathtaking I couldn’t help it.  Oh the crema of Italian espresso.

I did also discover the world of Barolo.  A quick side trip from Genoa found us in the town of Alba, situated between Barbaresco and Barolo.  A fantastic conversation with winemaker Sergio Rivetto left me with four great wines and considerably less room for credit on my Visa.

While I wait for my Barolo to age I am perfectly happy with my bright  Barbera d’Alba wines that cost a fraction of the price and remind me of Phil’s balcony in Genoa overlooking the Mediterranean.

And don’t get me started about my precious Parmegianno Reggiano …