I’m not sure it is because of the time we live in, whereby civility seems to be breaking down. Maybe it is a byproduct of living long enough to have certain realizations about humanity. Perhaps there is a confluence in time of the both of those factors.
Italy is changing too. While I never really entertained the idea of going back to Italy like California, I go there often enough to see the changes. The photographs show the changes. Italy in 1971 was still a lot more like the rural Italy it had been for ages. Italy in 2012 takes a lot of money and patience. Still, folks email me from wineries this week, telling me they will be out from July 23 until August 20. Three weeks to go to the beach or the mountains, to stop time. As bad as the economy is in Italy, and it is a whole lot worse there than in the US, the Italians still take the time to stop and recharge.
All through this there is the land. Vineyards in California are either large industrial operations or elite special operations launched by uber-wealthy. There doesn’t seem to be anything in the middle.
Italy still has the small farmer, but the land has been depleted though bad farming processes. The vineyards of Italy are in need of rebuilding. All is not well in the vineyards of Italy.
And Texas, the vineyards? Not high on the list of priorities, we are still dealing with our other natural resources, energy, be it oil or gas or wind. But the land here has been ravaged as well.
I don’t know why I am sharing this. Maybe it’s because I have been thinking of it and I am in no mood to write lyrical about Vino Nobile or Aglianico. I cannot take any more of the political circus that has hijacked our world. The lies, the violence, the self-interests. I am more worried about the harvest and the droughts in America and Italy, not the next year’s model of Fiat which has an espresso machine in it.
As the folks left the room, there were so many who just seemed thankful that they had two hours to not have to think about the problems outside of our little Circolo del Vino. Maybe in my own way, I am doing what I can. I know it will never be enough. But I can get someone excited about Sangiovese or Corvina. I can make a difference in the lives of those around me. And for now, I will take it. I just hope these lands we ravage with chemicals and pollution will be able to sustain their viability. If not we are in for some challenging days ahead.
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