Bella Vita or Good Life
This is a miniature painting of a simple pleasure, an affordable bottle of wine from Montepulciano in Tuscany Italy, near Siena, bearing the label Bella Vita. The importers describe it as a rich, old-vine Montepulciano from Abruzzo. On a cold and snowy Colorado day, what could be more delightful than a glass of red wine at home with my family, and my memories of travels in Italy and a visit to Montepulciano. My stay there was brief, and as it was a Sunday, there was little to do in this small town but visit a local wine cellar for a tasting. The generous, elderly proprietor directed us to a table filled with bottles in the cool cellar, with the words help yourself, more or less, and we stumbled away happily an hour or so later toting several bottles we would then drag along on the train the rest of our trip. It was well worth the extra effort for both the wine and the memory.