The residents of a small Italian village witnessed a miracle the other day when they turned on their taps to see Lambrusco sparkling red wine coming out instead of water:
Nope, Jesus Christ was not responsible this time, but - for the residents of one quaint little village near Modena in Italy's northern Emilia-Romagna region - their dreams came true.
As with most things like this, it was short-lived, and fairly easily explicable.
What had happened was that a winery had cocked up and ended up pumping a load of wine into the local water system. That meant that, for a brief time residents were getting a lovely pink liquid spewing forth from their kitchen taps instead of water.
Not great for doing the washing up, but absolutely class for just about everything else.
This bizarre occurrence affected people living in the Castelvetro area of Modena and was consequence of a 'technical fault' at the nearby Setticani winery.
One of the silos that the wine is stored in started leaking into the water pipes, and because the wine was being stored at a higher pressure it started to run through the system and into people's houses nearby.
The water board sent out technicians as quickly as possible to stop the 'problem' from occurring, but not before - according to the Gazetta di Modena - residents had 'bottled as much of the precious liquid as they could to enjoy later at a lunch or dinner along with other typical Modenese specialities'.
The local council later issued an apology to the affected residents on their Facebook page, but whilst a load of folks - quite rightly, if a little bit boringly - complained about the potential safety of their water supply, most of the complaints afterwards were related to the fact that they managed to get the problem sorted out so quickly.
As for the wine itself, it's a distinctive fizzy red that has been around - according to archaeological evidence - since the Etruscan period some 2,000 or more years ago.
While it ain't that popular abroad, it is very well thought of in Italy. Hey, what do they know about wine over there, anyway?
The wines of the region are so well regarded that it has what's known as a 'denominazione di origine controllata' (DOC) that means that it can only be made and labelled as such if it is done so in a very specific place.
Imagine that, origin-controlled wine spurting forth from your kitchen taps.
Dreams do come true.
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