Oh tall tree in the ear / O hoher Baum im Ohr! astonished me years ago, reading Rilke with students. WHAT did it mean? He knew. Jubilant praise sings in my ear. An ascending tree crossed paths with astounding wine unexpectedly. Breaking in new hiking shoes in vineyard dust in Serralunga d’Alba began a 40-year-long anticipated visit to Barolo and Barbaresco. Walking also through vineyards in La Morra, Barolo and Neive, tastings at Azienda Agricola Vigna Rionda S.S. di Massolino Fiili (Serralunga d’Alba) and Castello di Neive Azienda Agricola (Barbaresco), invited private tastings at La Morra’s Poderi Marcarini and at Società Agricola Ratti complemented the hiking. And there were remarkable meals including one with tartufo bianco topping each course at Ristorante Bovio. My exploration of the taste of these wines ascended as Rilke’s tree elevated his poetry.
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Taylor , C. S. (2021). VI. Barolo Landscape Studies: Barolo MGA 360º Vermeer Rilke. Dayton, OH: Charles Taylor.