Carnival is a festival which is noted especially in traditionally Catholic countries, because it is the period from Epiphany (January 6) to the beginning of Lent, and these celebrations have roots far back in time: they probably derive from Greek parties as the Dionysian (feasts in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine!).
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Editor's Note: $50 to open a bottle of wine? Monthly columnist Evan Dawson tries to broker a deal between restaurants and consumers, and elicits some interesting comments from both sides of the debate. –Tom Mansell, Science Editor
When Ciro Biondi announced that he was going to abandon his career as an architect, in order to revive the generations-old family wine business, his father was not impressed. In fact he was so unimpressed, he refused to even taste a bottle of the estate's wine when it was put in front of him.
Amidst the discussion among wine writers on just how much “natural wines” should be included in wine lists, I am flipping through a 50-page wine list in one of Siena, Italy’s more renowned osterias. Little natural wine is in sight here.