Italian wine joke


This story goes as far back as the Renaissance. A German man from Swabia was visiting Italy for the first time. Having grown up in a country where beer is the most common drink, he has never tasted wine before. When an inn-keeper set a glass of excellent Italian wine in front of this guest, he was astonished by the flavor. The Swab motioned the inn-keeper back and quietly inquired as to what sort of wonderful juice he had served. The inn-keeper smiled and said, “These are God’s tears, my friend.” The saddened traveler exclaimed, “O Lord, why have you never shed tears upon my country!”

See also:

Italian wine customs
The art of toasting in Italian

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