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Villa Ragazzi wines are featured in 101Pairings -- Cheers!
Here's a clue: the Pope lives there.
Maybe because there are no children in Vatican City to dilute the statistics, its residents take first place by each consuming nearly 100 bottles of wine every year. France is a distant #3.
The U.S. population trails far behind at about 13.5 bottles/year, but there are 70 million children (defined as 0-17 years old) pulling us down in the rankings. Not to mention the 40% of American adults who don't drink any alcohol. The 18-20 year old group may be enjoying wine, but there's no data available.
Surprisingly, Washington, D.C. has the largest per capita wine consumption in the U.S. One would think Congress would get along better, and be more productive, after enjoying 34 bottles of wine/year.
Those of us in the wine biz are constrained by custom to use plain, thin, crystal wineglasses to avoid distracting our attention from the wine.
But this faceted Waterford version, recently inherited, shows off the clear red color of our Sangiovese so beautifully that we had to share. The photo doesn't really do justice to the glinting brilliance of the wine.
Come by for a visit to enjoy the full force of this spectacular light show.
All our neighbors here in Oakville (Gargiulo, Silver Oak, Groth, Swanson) have finished pruning, but we always wait until the last minute to minimize frost season exposure. It will take the experienced crew only 2-3 days to give Villa Ragazzi's 25 acres their annual haircut, so there's virtually no risk in this type of brinksmanship.
The swelling on this Sauvignon Blanc cane is the now-visible back side of a tightly rolled new shoot about to unfurl. The sun is shining, bud break is imminent -- it's time to sharpen those pruning shears.
Thanks for doing your rain dances ...they seem to be working. Don't stop yet, please.
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