Sunday, October 12, 2008


Town’s water turns to wine

‘Families thought they were witnessing a miracle when wine flowed from their taps during a grape festival.

But it wasn’t down to divine intervention – just very bad plumbing.

Sparkling, chilled white wine should have been flowing into a marble fountain in the town square during the annual Marino grape festival on Sunday.

Instead it gushed out of kitchen taps in dozens of homes, to the delight of residents in the Italian hilltop town. The mayor, Adriano Palozzi, a priest and locals had all gathered round the fountain to give a prayer of thanks to the Virgin Mary. Everyone had a plastic beaker at the ready to drink a free glass or two of Marino DOC.

But they were left disappointed as, instead of fresh wine, out poured the usual water.’

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