In the book "Provence, 1970," there's an anecdote about food writer M.F.K. Fisher and her sister finding their hotel room in Dijon, France, outfitted with wine faucets in the bathroom. Out of one faucet flowed red wine and out of the other white wine. Both were free-flowing and on the house. I have that story underlined in my copy of the book and in the margin, I wrote, "I need to find a hotel with an amenity like this."
I have yet to find a modern hotel with free-flowing wine faucets, but I do know of a free-flowing wine fountain in Italy — and I want to go!
It looks like a sink, but it's a fountain that dispenses red wine. (Photo: Facebook)
The Dora Sarchese Winery installed the Fontana del Vino on the property in the Montepulciano d' Abruzzo wine region of Italy (a couple hours west of Rome) on Oct. 9, and the winery's Facebook page reports that each day "dozens and dozens" of people come by for a drink.
The winery says the fountain is there to quench the thirst of those taking the Cammino di San Tommasi pilgrimage, according to Decanter. Pilgrims take this path from Rome to a cathedral in Ortona where the bones of Jesus's disciple Thomas are believed to be held.
Me, I just want to take a pilgrimage to Abruzzo to visit the wine fountain with a really, really big empty water bottle in my backpack. Who's with me?