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Published: June 17th 2017
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Now Sue's boss has a business associate we decided to visit in Spello. It's a small village, however we didn't see much off it.
We asked the first shop if they knew where to find Roberto at the Enoteco something or other. Of course they knew him and pointed the way.
Roberto is the proprietor of Enoteca Properzio. It is like a fine bottle shop also providing fine foods. We met Roberto and then the fun began. We were warmly welcomed by he and his brother,Carlo. Did we want lunch? We had just eaten and just wanted to say hello.
We were encouraged to sit down and Roberto appears with a "very important" bottle of 1995 Assisi Rossi he wants us to drink. So we do. The waitresses scurry around and prepare two platters of bruschetta including black and white truffle.
I am getting quite nervous about what the bill will be as he shows us a newspaper article about the wine. We decide we'll just go with it and enjoy the experience. Thing is, Roberto seems to have taken a liking to me and likes to touch.
Huge wine glasses are placed in front of us and he says they are for "very important" wine. He then disappears downstairs. Then he's back, sitting next to me, hand on my knee under the table, and he produces a 2009 Kurni (fine red from Montepulciano). He also shows us the latest edition of Wine Spectator with a feature on the wine. We will have to drink it. So he joins us for a drink and continues to touch me! The girls are trying to keep a straight face, Deb is getting redder and redder on my behalf, and I'm not sure what to do. I know it's all in good fun and he's just mucking around.
He then brings out a dessert red which we also drink and he tells us about the seven apartments he owns in Spello. He also seems to suggest (in Italian) that we (me he) may like to stay the night.
Anyway after much laughter we decide we need to get on the road. The girls encourage me to ask for the bill, as I seem to be the favourite. Of course there is no bill. The girls consider that we really do owe him and perhaps they leave me there, but I'm off out the door as soon as I can.
Roberto was a lovely man and we had such a fun afternoon with wine I would never have had the opportunity to try. It was all in jest and we will continue to laugh about it in years to come.
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