Once upon a time in Texas, there was a girl with an appetite and a dream...


Can we narrow the field here please?

I entered the doors of Vitigno Italia (annual wine expo in Naples) with the best of intentions. I would try EVERY wine and spit them all! But I quickly noticed that no one was spitting. You see, spitting wine can be ugly, but if you're the only one doing it, it just seems weird.

No Problem. I'll just take small sips and try a few from every region. Well, the regions never ended and after a couple of hours I was pouring perfectly good barolo into the supplied bucket. Ouch. I felt so bad for the producers, but I'm sure that seeing a few drops of their precious (and expensive) wine slip into a container to be thrown away was preferable to seeing an exposition hall full of clumsy drunk people with wine teeth. Maybe.

Please! Just give me a LITTLE bit! There is so much to try and I'm not even halfway through the maze of producers. I will admit that this is not a bad problem to have, but I am a nerd and I wanted to get the most out of my experience all while taking organized tasting notes well-written enough to go straight into best-selling hardback.

Honest effort notwithstanding, by the end of the day, my notes degraded into a scribbled mix of English and Italian that looked like it was written by a blind chicken missing a claw, and my palate was compromised by overstimulation. That's ok, we had a great time, I learned about some grapes that I had never tried and I blessed my mouth a dessert wine so beautiful, that I went back for seconds...just that once :)

I'll share the details with you later this week, but for now here are some of the very few pictures that I took.

This is Carmela from Feudi di San Gregorio

Just 3 pictures? Oh I was too lazy. I'll get back, but for now I have to find a house in Ischia. I can't believe it is SO late and I still don't have a house. AH!

Wish me luck...


Anonymous Jane said...

Tra I will keep my fingers crossed and send a little plea in my prayers that everything works out okay. Glad you had a good time yesterday.

5/23/2006 1:54 PM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

thanks mom :)

5/23/2006 2:31 PM

Anonymous lena said...

Tracie! A blind chicken trying to write with a missing claw??? That is a horrible image! Only someone who had swallowed way too much wine on a sunny day would would come up with that one.

That poor little chicken :(

5/23/2006 2:37 PM

Blogger kigogal said...

Shall we call you the Supreme Simile Specialist now?

Like a blind chicken missing a claw.

I am in the presence of blogging greatness.


5/23/2006 3:34 PM

Blogger Travel Italy said...

Tracie b. - Walking or rolling home? Looks like you had fun.

5/23/2006 3:35 PM

Blogger Kathy said...

Sounds like TOO much fun. Good luck!

5/23/2006 8:57 PM

Blogger Annika said...

wait a minute. Are you really moving to Ischia?!

5/23/2006 10:19 PM

Blogger Tracie B. said...

travel--definitely walking, cheerfully :)

annika--if i can find a house that doesn't cost 4000 euro for 4 months, yes. that house on the beach didn't work out--the owner offered it and then he flaked. ah well! i knew it was too good to be true. i'm off today to get my boody in gear.

5/24/2006 3:03 AM

Blogger A Novelist said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun at the winery... My boyfriend and I love to visit them. :)

5/24/2006 10:42 AM

Blogger chris said...

seems like you had a really good time.

5/24/2006 9:36 PM

Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Well, I pop over occasionally and still wonder what it is you do to earn money! You have a great life. Was this wine tasting work? If it was you are lucky! I thought for a minute that picture was you and if I looked that good after an afternoon of red wine I'd be more than happy! I love the expression 'wine teeth'.

5/25/2006 10:12 AM

Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

House hunting? Did I miss something? The last I heard, you had been offered a job. Does that mean you took it?

Ps. Can I move there with you? Do you need a nanny? No kids? Even better! hehehhee!

5/26/2006 1:29 AM

Anonymous franca said...

Hello Tracie.

How are you? You pass your time in Italy in the most interesting ways. Did you get paid for the wine-tasting? And you're moving back to Ischia??

Good luck with everything! :)

5/26/2006 10:36 AM

Blogger Troy Worman said...

looks like fun!

5/26/2006 12:39 PM

Blogger Stelle In Italia said...

ooh, i hope you can decipher your wine notes! :) all of this wine-tasting has inspired me: last night at my english school's weekly conversation/le marche wine tasting night, i got to give the presentation. AND drink two glasses of wine instead of the usual ONE! (okay, so maybe i snuck the second glass--so sue me!).

hope to see more pictures soon! good luck with the house hunting!


5/26/2006 2:21 PM

Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Good luck tracie! Hope you've found something by now!

5/29/2006 9:44 AM


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