Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Traveled all over, wrote some books, drank some good wine. He was apparently partial to Chianti, but I'm sure he had plenty of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Barolo, and Rioja. And lots of Champagne. He probably drank Txacoli way before it was on the market and Brunello when it could have been a blend of anything but was probably just Sangiovese. I do wonder what these wines tasted like then, sure you can still find some bottles out there from vintages he could have enjoyed, but I haven't generally got that money and besides they would be different now. I don't know how he managed to know how good what he was drinking was w/out points or stars or detailed tasting notes, but I think somehow he did.

"Wine....offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased" ERNEST HEMINGWAY


Anonymous said...

I always think of the bus trip in Sun Also Rises when I drink txacoli. Now I wonder if a sheep's bladder counts as green packaging?

Oh, you and I could possibly be the only wine bloggers linking to Dinosaur Comics. Rock on!

- wolfgang

Beau Rapier said...

That was the exact scene I had in mind. But what color of Txacoli? Course in a sheep's bladder they may not have known.
Thanks for the comment Wolfgang.

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly since my last re-read of TSAR (wow, I've never noticed that rather curious acronym before), it was a hot daylong bus ride and the wine was refreshing. So white?

maria said...

I have TSAR right here and I don't see anywhere mentioned whether it was white or red. I'll bet it was red.

Beau Rapier said...

I've a theory that ALL wine at the time, and especially the local stuff, was refreshing. The bladder kept it cool. Also, for Hemingway and his characters I think alcohol was generally refreshing. I'll revisit TSAR for more details.

BTW, I dig your blog Wolfgang. And Maria.