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I’ll Drink To That!

March 9, 2022

Here in the Tirol people tend to drink a bit… well okay, a lot!

We’re not talking just alcohol but every imaginable liquid under the sun. The first morning ritual is the coffee. It is like the scene from The Godfather II; everyone plays with their coffee, stopping just short of making love to it. Me? I just belt one down! I prefer macchiato which literally means stained (with milk). I enjoyed that for years until my doctors put me on the forbidden decaf diet. I still manage to make a decaf taste good by grinding my own decaf French roast beans and cheating with a bit of cream.

Then there is obligatory morning juice. You take your pick but it must be fruit juice of some sort. We tend toward apple juice hereabouts as we grow tons of this stuff and some must be consumed locally. Personally, I prefer Sicilian Blood Orange juice. (Ma mama mia, non sono terrone!)

Having finished with breakfast, it’s onto lunch and this is where the alcohol thing kicks in for most people. Typically hereabouts it’s red wine. I prefer beer. (Mein Gott, Ich bin kein Deutscher aber mochst ich bier.) Some local residents start a bit earlier, say 9 AM and continue on into the wee hours of the next morning. It’s a thing here in the mountains. We usually attend their funerals, one by one each year. We are conservative but enjoy a glass, well maybe two, with lunch.

The main course at dinner is – you guessed it – wine! This usually accompanies a meal and is followed by grappa. Let me give you a true story to illustrate. A friend comes to dinner at our house at 7 PM. The three of us drink a bottle of white wine before dinner along with a few appetizers. Dinner is served and we drink another bottle, this time red wine (usually high quality – Barolo, Ripaso, etc.). We then chase down a coffee with a grappa and usually wind up consuming at least a half bottle before we part company at midnight. Sound excessive? Not really! It’s just the what we do things in this part of the planet. And do you know what? I’ll drink to that!

Photo: Empty beer glass in the right hand. empty Aperol Spritz in the middle and a grappa in the left hand. 😎

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  1. Took a long time before I learned it was an aperol spritzer I would see people drinking all over Europe. Now that I know, I will have to try one. I can drink wine every day; works for me!

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    • I had the same experience. For years I wondered what it was. Then I politely asked a German couple on Lake Garda and the rest is liquid history.

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  2. I have heard that a glass or two of wine can actually be healthy. I get migraines from both wine, beer and vodka. Due to my family’s history it is a blessing in disguise for me. I loved the wine in Spain. I have to take medication even after one glass of wine so I just can’t drink except maybe one on an anniversary or very special occasion. Big hugs 🤗 to you both. Love ❤️ Joni

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