Wednesday, June 30, 2010

INTERVIEWED by Fabio Ingrosso

As part of my travelogue for, here's a two-part video interview that I did for Vino 24 TV. I talk about Puglia's wines and their impact in the American market, all on top of a trullo while drinking Apollonio Winery's 2006 Diciotto Fanali rosé.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

An Italian Drinking Song

Bevilo tutto, bevilo tutto
Bevilo tutto, bevilo tutto

L'ha bevuto tutto
Non é fatto male
L'aqua fa male
Il vino fa cantare!

One of my best memories of Italy is singing this song with good friends (cheers ya'll). The basic idea is this. The table begins singing "bevilo tutto" repeatedly until a carefully chosen victim drains their glass of wine. The person then turns their glass up side down, and if a drop falls, the person must refill the glass and try again.

If a drop does not fall, the second verse is sung to completion, beginning with "L'ha bevuto tutto..."

The song roughly translations:

Drink it all, drink it all
Drink it all, drink it all, etc.

She/He has drunk it all
and it didn't make her ill
Water makes you ill
Wine makes you sing!

If you want to see some drunk Italian guys sing their own version, click here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Come out Come out Wherever You Are

From the You Asked Department (Below: Can you read between the wines?)

After writing a post on Taurino Winery's "Notarpanaro," I received a few comments asking how to find Notarpanaro in San Francisco. Taurino was the first winery in Puglia to export its wine to the United States, and fortunately it has maintained good connections with reliable distributors. Taurino's current distributor is IMA Imports. I learned this because I attended a wine tasting in Puglia a few weeks ago with Dr. Fernando Antonio Bello, export manager of the winery.

There are some interesting things happening at Taurino, most interesting is a new wine made with Primitivo. Until now, Taurino has worked almost exclusively with Negroamaro, blending other grapes at percentages of only 5 or 10 percent. Now they have a 100% Primitivo. Things are changing at the 150 year old winery.

The Primitivo was impressive. Not overly sticky or sweet. Very smooth, with a Californian-Zinfandel-like spice. A very modern effort from the old country.

I'm currently in the process of hunting down someone at IMA Imports who can help me answer the above question: where to find Taurino's Notarpanaro in California. I think I have a lead...

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