Raffaele Moccia a little over two years ago in his vineyard in Agnano I was struck. Like cupid struck. By his vineyard, his story, and of course his wines. In fact his Falanghina has been a staple on my table often paired with his family's rotisserie chicken.
Last summer, during a recent visit with Moccia in his tasting room, he told me that he wanted to change the wine label on one of his wines. His Falanghina IGT. He wanted a label that represented that particular wine which is a blend of Falanghina and other white grapes that grow in the family vineyards.
He wanted to use a photo of a vine that is over 250 years old. A vine that has been growing in that sandy volcanic clay for centuries.
He wanted to use a photo that I took.
And I'm honored.
So now when I swing by a wine shop, glance at a wine list, or swing by the cantina to pick up a few bottles, my mind will go back to that Sunday in Agnano. And cupid will strike over and over and over again...