Celts, Wine, and the Northern League

Northern Italy’s wine industry may owe its origin to the Celts.

Let’s remember, though, that “Celtic” most accurately describes a group of languages, not an ethnic group.

But this bit caught my eye:

Interest in all things Celtic — from music to mystical rites — took off in northern Italy in the mid 1990s, fanned by the Northern League party which rose to prominence with demands for independence for the north.

It’s eerily parallel to the way that the neo-Confederate League of the South in this country, jumped on the (Anglo-) “Celtic” bandwagon a few years ago. In Italy, however, the Northern League has some degree of political clout.

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