Re: Food colorings in histology
Alex Nader writes:
>>(quote) I hope the fabled Veltliner grape was never so dishonored!
Don't be afraid, Veltliner grapes are used for white wine, so they are never
contaminated with elderberries! <<
Apparently there is (or was) also a red Veltliner grape that was used to make
a red wine. I first learned of it from a poem by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
(1825-1898), which I thought was a great poem when I was 17 (that was in
1956, alas). (I append the poem below. The translation is my own.)
A couple of years ago I looked up Austria's national wine grape in a search
engine and took a delightful virtual vineyard tour, abetted as I remember by
a real California wine jug. Recently I found a bottle of Veltiner at my local
liquor store, but when I returned it had gone the way of the Umpqua Cuvée I
discovered there before.
Brütend liegt ein heißes Schweigen
Über Tal und Bergesjoch,
Evoe und Winzerreigen
Schlummern in der Traube noch.
Kochend in der Sonne Schein,
Heute möcht ich unterm Laube
Deine vollste Beere sein!
Mein unbändiges Geblüte,
Strotzend von der Scholle Kraft,
Trunken von des Himmels Güte,
Sprengte schier der Hülse Haft!
Aus der Laube niederhangend,
Glutdurchwogt und üppig rund,
Schwebt ich dunkelpurpurprangend
Über einem roten Mund!
The Veltliner Grape
Brooding lies a swelt'ring silence
over dale and mountain pass,
Bacchic cry and vintners' dances
still are slumbering in the grape.
ah, the purple Veltlin grape,
baking in the summer sun,
how I'd like to be today
the ripest grape beneath your leaves!
Unrestrained, my life-blood flowing,
teeming from the mighty clod,
drunken from all heaven's juices,
now'd escape the grape-skin's grasp!
hanging from beneath your foliage,
glowing, pulsing, richly round,
I'd be hanging in dark purple
splendor over a red mouth!
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