Food Box

Italians have a different relationship to wine than the rest of us

While in southern Italy last fall, a group of Hawaii Slow Foodies stumbled across a wine co-operative in Solopaca, just north of Naples. The co-op was busy collecting and processing truckloads of grapes from the growers in the area. What really caught our eye was the co-op customers who used gas station–style pumps to fill their carboys and twenty-liter jugs with vino Bianco, Coda de Volpe, Barbera and Aglianico. Nice way to cut down the number of bottles to recycle and the trips to the liquor store!