LowRyter Posted February 24, 2022 Report Share Posted February 24, 2022 Since there was so much traffic about "the Grappa", I thought I might share some of my stories regarding Travel, Guzzis, and Grappa. I first of heard of the drink from Bad Chad (WG) at the National Rally in Iowa a decade ago. A few years later I went to the biggest liquor store in town to procure some for Dusty's Cedar Vale Rally. The closest drink I could find was Grape Brandy, best I could tell it's the same stuff but with some actual grapes in it. Anyway, not many takers at Cedar but at the next rally at the Okla Campout, a few folks (Rudy) got a taste for it and it was gone. Anyway, I'll move forward in time a half dozen years. One thing I can tell you when traveling, if you aren't wearing a nice suit when going to a nice a Italian restaurant, whether in NYC, Rome or Cinque Terre, wear a Moto Guzzi (or Ducati) t-shirt. Someone, usually working on the floor, will appreciate it and get you a nice table or suggest something on the menu (or even show you their motorcycle helmet). I digress, so the story moves to the Rhine Valley where the Mrs and I were taking a tour of Europe. Myself, along with half dozen newly befriended fellow travelers ended up at bar. The local specialty was Riesling wine. I confessed to the group, I had never cared for it since my samplings always had a bad aftertaste. This was confounded that no one of the group liked White wine anyway. As a result of that, the wife and I were presented a challenge of drinking a Flight of Riesling. We were gifted a Flight, while they all drank Red. I must say, the wine was incredibly good and each glass better than the other. This was to the amusement of the group as we raved. I think they were a little jealous. So our traveling group finally made it to Italy. The entire group of 20+ were assembled for a meal in Florence. A couple of things came up there that allowed me to explain to the group about dinner that came from my experiences with the Guzzi crowd. First, our meal of Spaghetti Carbonara was made from bacon and egg sauce. Next, when the aperitifs were offered after the meal, I explained the origins of Grappa. I will say that no one but the Mrs and I had any taste for it. And that turned out to be a good thing, since we both got more than our share of Grappa throughout many subsequent meals. So the moral of the story, going to Guzzi rallies are educational and wearing Guzzi shirts can be social passports. Now, let me share that although Grappa is a Guzzi tradition, we might enhance it. I would guess the national drink of Italy (at least in Venice) is the Aperol Spritz. Aperol is an Orange Liquor that's mixed Prosecco (cheap dry Italian Champagne). So for your next Italian cookout, I'd suggest the Spritz to start with, Carbonara for the meal, followed by Grappa at the end. Not much of a story but I'm snowed in (and the news on the TV makes me sick). 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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