As the weather grows warmer, our minds turn to lighter-bodied wines that pair well with meals cooked on the grill, including barbequed meats and vegetables, as well as light fare like salads, or merely a wine to enjoy while sitting on the porch, or in the yard. Rosé wines always come to mind, because they fit the bill beautifully.
This past week, we welcomed the winter solstice, which is the official start of winter and the shortest day, with the least number of sunlight hours, of the year. In the words of Edith Sitwell, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for home.” The only thing missing from Miss Sitwell’s wintery quote is the wine to pair with said good food.
This is the time of the year when the Best (insert number here) Wines of 2019 and Top (insert number here) Wines Under (insert price here) of 2019 all appear in magazines and online on various websites. Publications in print and online like ”Wine Spectator,” ”Forbes,” ”Wine Enthusiast,” ”Decanter,” and ”The Wine Advocate,” from wine critics James Suckling, Robert Parker, Jancis Robinson, Neal Martin, and so many others proudly list points, ratings and best/top of lists. What does it all mean?
While wine is gone after its contents have been enjoyed, the experience of sharing the bottle with friends and family lives on. The world is fast-paced these days, and being able to sit down and spend time with each other is one of the most precious gifts one can give. Here are some of our holiday choices to gift and to share with those you love.
There is nothing better in the fall and winter than the aromas of warm baking spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg filling the air. Mulled, or spiced, wine is a delightful warm beverage perfect for those cold winter afternoons or nights in front of a fire, curled up with a warm blanket and a book, or sitting around enjoying the company of good friends.