Streets Full of Water -- and Wine

Matt Kramer
Issue: January 31, 2004

Robert Benchley once sent a now-famous telegram about Venice to his editors at The New Yorker : "Streets full of water. Please advise." But Benchley got it wrong. Really, the streets are full of wine. You can't go 50 feet here in Venice without some inviting watering hole offering you what the Venetians call a glass of "shade," an ombra.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands January 31, 2004.

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