Thursday, January 3, 2008


photos by Greg Mohr

Order the house red.

That's all you need to know.

If you're going to be drinking wine in Venice, or any part of Italy for that matter, order the house red.

In pretty much anywhere other than the Chianti region, you'll get some of the best wine in the world this way.

Why? It's simple really. The Italians figure that the rest of the world doesn't know wine like they do, so they keep the best for themselves.

Why waste time putting it in 750 milliliter bottles? They bring it to town in giant basket-wrapped vessels and siphon out the wine by the glass.

I've been to a lot of places, and had a lot of really good wines.

I live in California where we have vineyards everywhere. But by far the best wine I've ever enjoyed has come out of one of those huge bottles.

Sure, they put it in little bottles too, but more often than not, the best vino in Italy comes by the glass.

Order the house red - you'll be glad you did.

Local wine sits on the deck of a moto-topo, waiting to be enjoyed by locals...and a few savvy tourists too.

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