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February 21, 2008

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I feel your pain. Reading this I felt the test pangs I would feel when out in the vineyard at UC Davis. We spent a whole quarter on the identification or ampleography of grape vines, by leaf. You thought you knew it but then they all looked the same the next you were out there. The Heritage Vine collection at UC Davis is an amazing vineyard where every other vine is a different variety, it's amazing. I know this is not the same as tasting but reminded me so much of that experience. And at last all the vines took on a personality all their own just as I imagine The Northern Italian wines will for you. Good luck with that and I can't wait to hear how it all comes out.

"I thought that a Gewurztraminer from Alto Adige was intense on the nose and palate, while our instructor Mary Ewing Mulligan, who quite literally wrote the book on Italian wine, said it was delicate."

Trust your own nose and taste. And it was she(!) who wrote THE(!) book on Italian Wine?! You're being totally funny, right?

Meanwhile, dive into those delicious whites from Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Guila. Like Gravner, Hofstatter, Vodopivec, Movia, Radikon, Sanct Valentin, Terlaner, etc., etc.

Yes, she did actually write Italian Wine for Dummies. Perhaps not THE book, but A book nonetheless. I'm very excited to get my hand on some Gravners, actually...and, someday, to check out the UC Davis Heritage Vine collection, if they allow civilians to do so. Thanks for the encouragement, folks!

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