Every since my first visit to Italy in March 2006, when we were served house wine in ceramic jugs of various sizes, shapes and patterns, I have wanted a wine jug of my own. I loved the casualness of house wine served in a ceramic pitcher, with tumblers to drink from. Plus I often buy Fontana di Papa's Castelli Romani (red) and Colli Albani (white), and would like to be able to have something smaller than a 2 litre bottle sitting on the table from which to refill my glass.
I've looked high and low but, until today, hadn't come across a pitcher that called my name. I recently bought a plain glass carafe for a buck or so at a junk store in Maitland, but considered that merely a stop gap measure until the perfect jug appeared.
MN and I were driving home from the Valley (we'd spent yesterday at the Berwick United Church camp, with Valerie and her daughter) and as we drew close to home, I suddenly thought that I should go to Winners/Homesense today. I had a feeling that I would find my wine jug. So along I went and...what should my eyes behold across the aisle? AHA, there IT is!! My perfect pitcher!! Clearly my awesome psychic powers were bang on today.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I chortled in my joy!
...to paraphrase a line from Jabberwocky.
Imagine my further delight when I flipped it over and discovered what was stamped on the bottom:
Oh be still my Italy-obsessed heart...such raptures ensued that I enticed myself into buying two matching platters! (Have I mentioned that it doesn't take much to excite me?!?) But to take possession of all three pieces for a measly $40, how could I possibly have resisted? The pitcher is perfect for about a litre, but will hold up to a litre and a half.
Here are my beautiful new acquisitions:
My pretty wine jug:
The matching set:
The smaller platter:
The larger platter: