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So today was long and short all at once. We went to 1 of only 2 cooperages in italy today - gamba. They specialize in very big barrels and also small barriques. The smell was amazing. Mostly french oak. If youve never thought about how a wine barrel is made, only how it may look as a planter, please think about it. It is "seasoned" outside for about 3 yrs and then the oricess stars if cutting and hand doin these barrels, hand hammering the staves, toasting the insides over the open fires. Boiling the long and big slats for holding tanks. Transporting around the winery.  Really its such a labor intensive job and that is why a french oak barrel can cost over 1000 a piece. Most only use it 2 times. Wow
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Then off to a truck plaza (auto grill) for lunch. Lars said big difference in how our american truck stops are compared to italys and he was right. Food was awesome. Had pasta with homemade red sauce and a fresh salad and huge piece of watermelon. Then a 2 hr drive to reggiano emilia to see where lambrusco is made and different grapes  Yes riuite lambrusco. But they make menu dry lambruscos which are tasty. Then a italian winemaker and guide conducted a formal tasting of 12 then dinner time.
Dinner was 2 diff kind of pasta. One was homemade ravioli with spinach ricotta and swiss chard.
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Em
07/15/2011 12:22am

that first pic will make into mom's book for sure!!!! Awesome!

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