July 31, 1988 |
The very idea of a place where you can sample any of a few hundred wines for 80 cents a glass - well, that just might qualify as wine lover's heaven. If so, then heaven on Earth is the Enoteca Italica Permanente - something akin to an Italian national wine bar - grandly situated in a 16th-century fortress atop one of Siena's three hills. The concept is quite remarkable. Under one roof, hundreds of wines representing all the major winemaking regions of Italy are brought together and made available to the public for tasting, at reasonable prices.