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Vino 2009 and good friends

By Dave Buchanan
New York City never ceases to amaze. Just when you think you'll never go back, you do, and it's like you never left, both good and bad. I just returned from 3 days in the Big Apple and just seeing the sea of yellow taxis reminded me why a friend once called it "the city where every cab in the world goes to die." It's also a place where new friends pop out of the woodwork, or in the case of the 360-degree observation deck (Top of the Rock) on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, out of the glass. It was Vino 2009, and there was no way to taste all the wares offered by some 270 Italian wine produttori although some of us gave it a good show, at least until our palates called "time!" and requested a trip to the emergency room. We have lots of great wines to talk about, and at least a few interesting stories from the scads of fascinating people. Photos, too, as soon as I can figure out what's happening with my Photoshop app. And speaking of Photoshop, check out Alfonso Cevola's blog site "On the Wine Trail In Italy" here for some fascinating examples of what a self-professed "Photoshop junkie" can do. He's one blogger I frequently turn to for insights, and his latest comments on wine and the people involved in the wine world certainly are worth reading. And Susannah Gold also posted a blog about her experience at Vino 2009 here. She spent 15 years in Italy and apparently didn't waste a second of that time, so her background on Italian wines is stronger than most of the bloggers out there. I'll be back soon with more on Vino 2009...

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