Well I’ve just about had it with winter. Even my hearty New England neighbors have had it. Several blizzard-like storms in a row will do that to you.
I really only enjoy snow when I’m inside underneath the snuggie (don’t laugh it works), next to the fireplace with a glass of wine --nothing better to lift my winter doldrums.
For me, red wine seems most comforting during this time. Typically, I turn to one of my favorites, Carmel Road Pinot Noir. The black cherry and raspberry notes with that little touch of acidity is a perfect companion for the roasted root vegetables which are my new favorite thing.
I've been cooking more this winter---–a function of wanting to get back in the kitchen as well as not wanting to brave the elements. And comfort food seems best when prepared by my own hand.
I’ve also been imbibing a bit of Rioja, the Spanish red that is so popular and budget friendly. Rioja is great with the spiciness of the andouille sausage I’ve stirred into several pots of red beans and rice. It’s definitely help me tamp down the doldrums.
I’ve got to say, though, as a gal with a sweet tooth, nothing satisfies right now like Ice Wine. It’s made from frozen grapes, and is honeyed and silky smooth. It is not,however,wallet friendly, but I figured I needed a treat to get through more days of the frozen temperatures. My favorite ice wines come from Canada where they’ve perfected the production. Inniskillin and Henry of Pelham—yum. A little sip will do ya’ thank goodness, because it ain’t cheap.
On a blustery day,though, it's a little taste of heaven, and a good way to look forward to spring. Which MUST just be around the corner, right?