While it is easy to make light of some things and zoom in on other things, what it all comes down to is one’s attitude. This evening we went to Montebello Vicentino for a group dinner of old and new friends. I encountered Dr. Science himself, Attilio Scienza and we chatted briefly about his work in Calabria. He has done amazing things down there with the Librandi in cataloguing in a living museum vineyard many of the ancient grapes of the region. A living legend resuscitated some very important patrimony for the history of wine and vines in Italy. How lucky to be living in these times with these people.
recognized several of us with achievement awards. I’m usually the outsider looking in. This evening I had to step out of the shadows to take a brief moment in the limelight. Thanks a million to Stevie Kim and to my friend Giulio Galli for translating my English speech into perfect Italian. And for Susannah (guardian angel) Gold for walking me through some of the very precise words and pronunciations.
At the Gala, someone in the other room, I was told by Amy Wislocki, the Managing Editor of Decanter, heard my rambling English accented Italian and wondered why some bloke in the other room was fracturing the language. It is true, I did smash a few vowels and consonants around in the room, but I felt it only proper to accept the award in Italy in Italian. No excuses, English are my language, but I learned a long time ago, through your heart into it and people will forgive a mispronunciation or two.
Speaking of words, over dinner, a young man from London said the best thing. “You match wines with people not with food.” So simply, so right, for the times.
Internet in this hotel by Lake Garda is intermittent, so this will probably be the last time I post until I get to the land of Franciacorta.
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