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...