All Guarinos are large, but the actual sizes can range from a bit larger than what you and I have come to think of as "Ardor", to a girth that can wander within hailing range of a Giant. This Guarino in particular falls into the former camp, hand-filling, but not so large that you feel as if you are sipping on one of those "exotic cocktails" that come in an giant brandy glass with an umbrella. I have long been a fan of the Meteora finish, and find that there is an interesting duality about it. On one level, the cubist frames that contain almost Pollack-esque swirls have a real mid-twentieth century feel to them. On the other side of the coin, when taken in one glance, there is sense of looking at the ochre, wind-weathered columns of the ancient Mediterranean areas. I find the combination both handsome and attractive, but your opinion is the only one that counts. What say you?
R. Bear Graves
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