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Oct 11, 2006



I live in the East Coast but if I could join you I would start with this verse about bread, wine, poetry and friendship:

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, -- and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness --
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

(from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)


I have a brother-in-law who is quintessential "salt of the earth" - a southern Italian who would scoff at such an ephemeral concept, but whose touch with wine, olive oil and simple fresh food betrays thousands of years of inherited DNA, and always makes a visit to his place a joy. He takes his personal 'terroir' wherever he goes ...

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