First, Beulah has no idea where that damn grape is.
She just got her manicure and frankly doesn’t care.
She finds the arrogant Cockney cute.
But, so does this sparkly Lil and well—
This is Lil’s big show.
Lil has blood on his hands and rubs the almond
perfumed lotion, while waiting for this peeled grape.
Beulah pours a large serving of gin
and recalls the shows of Minstrel, Bessie Smith,
chicken dinners in a picnic basket,
and a guy named Roy. He was no prince
but a king of the chamber ramble.
Elsewhere, boots beat the ground, leaving
bloody feet and untended crops
as the glass shatters on the faces of Polish Jews
and Spanish Republicans fight insurgents dressed in black.
More boots, nice shiny well made boots.
“until the war” says Tom in Glass factory.
When America sits in a “dark room” and watches
“until the war”. The stench of death rolls through
the Atlantic, a mighty fog. Meanwhile,
Dapper heroes roam the landscapes like scythes
as their stage names and heroines roll
up their stockings or sweat the chorus line
Miss Lil and the disobedient Beulah both swinging
big hips and rolling brown eyes, generously
Waiting to suck a man’s tongue
For Gertrude Howard (1892-1934)
Unlike brandy, which is produced by direct fermentation of pure grape juice, grappa is made from pomace: the skins, pips, leftover pulp and even the stems after pressing the grapes for wine. However, the remaining juice, called wort or wort, is not used as is the case with ratafia or acquavite from uva.
A surprisingly large portion of grappa has been illegally made at home for most of its history. In some regions, grappa has even become known as Filu è Ferru, which means “iron wire”. The Moonshiners wrapped the necks of their bottles with wire and buried them in the garden.
Although they left no trace to the untrained eye, the distiller could recognize where their bottles were buried by a reddish stain in the ground left by the wire.
Eventually, the Italian government responded to illegal production by introducing a law requiring winemakers to only sell pomace to registered distillers.