Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Walking into the often unstructured environment of an enoteca can be a little intimidating for foreigners like ourselves, who are unsure how to order, what to order, where or whether to sit. But we have unfailingly been helped by owners and waiters who clearly love what they are doing and want to share their passion, even with novices like ourselves. In fact, they seem to genuinely appreciate our efforts to get to know their culture, their way of life.
We have had several of those aha moments, or perhaps they were just ahhh moments. A ribolla gialla a couple of nights ago after a particularly tasty friulano, its complete lack of fruit a pleasant shock to the palate after the fruity, floral and acidic friulano. A jolt that has left us seeking out more. Or perhaps last night, a bianco del Collio tasted alongside a tokai (Friulano), showing its lucious complexity, but only after the proprietor talked us through its origins and how it is made.
The experiences we have had in enotecas in our short week here have truly been memorable and educational. And the enjoyment we have had there has made the difference between a good trip and a great one.
Bill and Suzy