"does the devil produce grappa?" Verona Local Custom Tip by arasnosliw

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  it was a good night indeed
by arasnosliw

Veneto is the home of grappa production; it was originally produced in Bassano del Grappa, near Vicenza, which is just east of Verona.

It's a strong brandy made from all the by-products of grapes, about 80-100 proof, rarely aged, and served chilled. Call it firewater if you must as it really burns.

I thought it was one of the most putrid things in the world the first time I tried it. Well that thought certainly changed. I slowly developed an appreciation for this potent stuff.

People asked me what I did during all my time in Verona. Well, my colleagues and I reverted to nightly grappa drinking sessions, perhaps to relieve the stress of our intensive training. One local even exclaimed that she had consumed more grappa with us during this period of time than she has cumulatively in her 50+ years of existence in Italy. Not that this is something we should all be proud of, but it certainly became a joke between all of us.

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  • Written Oct 15, 2005
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