Disclaimer: While the title translates to driving drunk, we are not advocates of drinking and driving. Contrary to what people might think during various states of inebriation, drinking does not make a person a better driver. So save yourselves and potential massive damage to these gorgeous Maserati cars and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
I love so many things Italian. I love proper Italian shoes (there’s just something about the way they make shoes feel like butter on my feet), culture (they have had a massive contribution to art and history), cars, food, and drinks.
This is probably why it’s no surprise that I was raring to go to the Maserati Model 2018 Line-up event, which featured the new cars to the public.
Now, readers may know that I love cars, and honestly, I can spend this entire article raving about Maserati’s GranTurismo range (the Sport and MC, with the naturally aspirated 4.7 liter V8 engines hand built by Ferrari and are able to produce 460hp at 7,000rpm; plus, the MC can go from 0 to 100kph in 4.7 seconds, and both having gorgeous Poltrona Frau leather seats), the renowned Ghibli (the GranLusso and Gransport look divine, with the Lusso having Ermenegildo Zegna silk upholstery but keeping its sporty vibe… Plus both Ghibli S and S Q4 have top speeds of 286kph, with the Q4 having an Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and can go from 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds, which is not at all bad for a sedan… Did I also mention how in love I am with the Electronic Power Steering, which makes it much easier to handle?), the Levante (which has all of the features of a proper Maserati sports car in the body of an SUV), the newly upgraded Quattroporte MY2018 (for improved functionality with its new Integrated Vehicle Control System and Electric Power System, which enables pretty cool Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, such as the Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition), and of course the GranCabrio (whose, along with the GranTurismo’s, design has been restyled to further reduce aerodynamic drag, but both with 4.7 liter V8 engines, and fitted with individual Poltrona Frau leather seats).
This, however, being a drink blog, I have to talk about a fittingly Italian drink I found in the event: Peroni beer.
Peroni is a beer company founded in Lombardia in 1846 by Francesco Peroni (as Birra Peroni), but has been in Rome since 1864, six years before Rome became the country’s capital. After 70 years, it grew to become the biggest brewery in Italy. The beer currently enjoys being the best selling beer in Italy (and one of the best-selling beers in the United Kingdom). Their most famous variant, the Nastro Azzurro (whose name roughly translates to Blue Riband, and was named so in commemoration of the Italian liner SS Rex having won the award for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a passenger line… Again, we are talking about speed) premium pale lager, is quite ubiquitous in Italy. Its crisp and refreshing flavours have a distinct uniqueness, owing to the addition of a hint of Italian maize in the brew.
Italian beer, Italian cars, and me with my feet in proper Italian shoes. La vita è bella indeed. Cheers!