Vendemmia preperation and Arezzo
01.10.2010 - 01.10.2010 27 °C
Today Stephanie and John pulled out the grape press which had been in the cellar for the whole year and was rusting and moldy. They sanded back the timber, wire brushed the rusty steel parts and applied a coat of pharmasutical oil. I worked on the retaining wall for a couple of hours and then started using the wire wheel on the bench grinder to remove the rust from the hinge pins and some other small parts. We also pulled the destemmer out and pulled it apart. It hadn`t been cleaned properly last year so there was dried grape pieces everywhere and loads of rust. We began by pulling it appart and wire brushing all the metal parts and using the wire brush on the bench grinder to clean the smaller parts. In the evening Ugo sugusted we should head to Arezzo on Sunday to check out the markets. As he was leaving on Saturday he decided to drive us there so we could write down the directions and learn where to park etc. Ugo, Larry, Stephanie and I hit the road at about 6pm. Along the way Stephanie and I wrote down the directions. We arrived with plenty of sunlight to spare. Ugo took us for a wander around the city shopping district and a couple of the churches.
The vendors were already moving their wares into place for the weekends antique markets. Larry, Stephanie, and I purchased a slice of pizza and we headed back to the car. When we got to the car Ugo realised that he had left his umbrella somewhere so Stephanie and I headed back to see if we could locate it. After a thorough search we concluded that it was gone for ever and headed back to give Ugo the bad news. By this time it was dark so we hit the road again with home and a late dinner in mind. As we went Ugo pointed out every petrol station as a landmark and flicked on and off the high beam more times then I care to remember. Ugo is a typical italian who tends to use his horn to let people know he is coming, to say hi, when he is angry and sometimes for no reason at all. Along the way Ugo decided that we should stop by Cortona for a quick look see. Cortona looked pretty awesome by night and when we had driven to the top of the hill the view over the valley of twinkling lights was beautiful. We had a quick look around but everything was pretty much closed so we headed on our way again with a real hunger brewing. We arrived home at about 10pm and began making dinner.