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Bottoms Up! 8,000 Gallons of Bubbly Bursts From Foamy Wine Tank

Gif: Gizmodo (L’enoteca Zanardo Giussano)

An Italian winery, L’enoteca Zanardo Giussano in Conegliano, Veneto, lost approximately 8,000 gallons of bubbly on September 25, due to an overserved silo.

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The winery posted a short video of the outburst on Facebook. I feel drunk just looking at this deluge of Prosecco flowing out of the giant tank.

The short clip shows a flood of light sparkling wine rushing out from the cascade. The video has been viewed more than a million times over the last week.

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If any type of wine is going to suffer such a loss—it’s probably best it happened to Prosecco.

Former senior reporter at Gizmodo

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This puts me in mind of the Great Boston Molasses Spill of 1919. A two million gallon tank became over-pressurized and burst, sending a 25 foot high molasses tsunami down the street at some 30 miles per hour. Over 20 were killed, some 150 injured, and major structural elements of the elevated railway were heavily damaged. A contemporary newspaper reported:

Molasses, waist deep, covered the street and swirled and bubbled about the wreckage ... Here and there struggled a form‍—‌whether it was animal or human being was impossible to tell. Only an upheaval, a thrashing about in the sticky mass, showed where any life was ... Horses died like so many flies on sticky fly-paper. The more they struggled, the deeper in the mess they were ensnared. Human beings‍—‌men and women‍—‌suffered likewise. - Boston Post, as quoted by Stephen Puleo.