>”Americans have surpassed Italians for wine consumption and are quickly gaining on the French…”
So said the wine guy on the radio during my morning commute… and all I have to say is….
Perhaps my perception is a little stilted because I’ve been reading Italian travel memoirs like a crazy person lately (A Thousand Days in Tuscany, A Thousand Days in Venice, The Lady in the Palazzo, Extra Virgin, Under the Tuscan Sun), but I’m certain they’re overlooking something. Maybe we Americans buy more wine than Italians do, but then again, none of us are tending vineyards to produce our own year’s-supply worth of vino de uvas as a matter of course. No backyard vines amongst our vegetable gardens and olive plants (though I wish it were so!).