Maybe it is because we are nearing the end of another year. Or because the last five months have been so very busy. Perhaps it is the new look of the blog that has caused me to think about this. Or maybe this is just overindulgence from one who thinks too much about this. I don’t really know.
What I do know is this- the world as we know it, as we all know it, is our own little unique world. And everyone has one. Some of us have bigger orbits; some of us have more mobility. A few of us have means to make their world bigger than others. And many more of us have a world that has been handed to them, in an instant, and with little time to plan. And here we are, all together, but separated by our skulls. And so we aren’t really all together. We just live on the same funny little green planet. More by accident than design.
I have been writing here at On the Wine Trail in Italy for almost five years now. I have met new friends, made new acquaintance, widened the network. It has been a good run.
And no, I am not signing off or taking leave. Or at least, I don’t think so. But I am contemplating the next move.
The occasional person who emails me, to ask about a particular wine or place in Italy, does so thinking what I am writing about on the surface must be what I am interested in. But my friends know that is not what stirs me. I do not have patience to memorize the best vintages of Brunello or the crus of Barbaresco. There are lists and sites for those kinds of things. I don’t have that kind of mind or memory.
If anything can be said, today, it is this: the simpler the better. The fewer encumbrances, the fewer decisions, the slice of the sword through the air to arrive at the edge of the bottle to open it and let out the frothy juice, that is what interests me in this period. And if this is something that is of interest to you, dear reader, then you are welcome to visit these pages in the next year. If you are looking for where to stay in Florence or where to eat in Avellino, look not here. If you want to know which is the better Chianti, the one from Castellina or the one from Pontessieve, I won’t be much help. If you want controversy or heated debate, there are other places to find that kind of activity.
I am free of those needs. This is my little bubble. It makes me happy. And if it makes you happy to be here, then, benvenuto. Because that is where On the Wine Trail in Italy is heading.