What did you do during the hailstorm this weekend?
I paired the apocalyptic storm with a vibrant Cava – Juvé Y Camps Cinta Púrpura Reserva 2011. It’s citrusy, light, and full of bubbles [which a good cava is]. I put some hailstones in it to bring it down a degree in temperature – actually just because it was freakin’ cool to do.
This is my second attempt to get the Weather Network to pay attention to pairing wine and weather. I first tried with Tornado Watch in 2011. I guess they’re only interested in Storm Chasers, Global Warming, and Force of Nature highlights. I think they’re missing out on the next ” blue ocean” – and i’m here to help.
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This blasted arctic vortex [or whatever new name the Weather Network people have created] has just about done me in. I need some sun and some summer now.
So I’ve adopted the following coping mechanisms
1. Watched a PBS documentary on the French Rivierra while…
2. Eating a delicious rabbit and black truffle pâté and …
3. Drinking a perfectly delightful [and on sale] Bordeaux
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The weather couldn’t be cooperating less these days. It should be stinkin’ hot outside and I should be sipping rosé. My well laid plans seem to have been spoiled by something called a “Northern low” brought down by the “Jet Stream”, or whatever the Weather Network people are talking about.
Last night I sat in my living room, windows open, cold evening air coming in to an already cool house. “Is it even warm enough to open that rosé chilling in the fridge?” I asked my wife.
“Close the windows and open the rosé” was her response. I did marry her for her problem solving skills.
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There’s nothing like a good teachable moment. Here we are at the cusp of the biggest blizzard of the year. “Where were you during the Blizzard of 2013?” people will be saying for years. What was I doing? Making a good argument in favour of the wine cellar. “A wine cellar in every home” would be my political platform if I ever ran for Mayor (watch out Cam Guthrie ).
If the people at the weather network have taught me anything it’s that my level of alarm should be directly proportional to their level of excitement. What meteorological freaks they are at the Weather Network! Although to be fair, this storm is their “Superbowl” so I’m happy for them.
Which brings me to my point. It’s times like these that you need a modest wine cellar. Who wouldn’t want to tuck in to a nice tannic red wine on a blizzardy day?
I keep a couple of bottles in my basement just in case. I’ve finished the last of my Y2K scare stock but I’m always ready for the next natural / unnatural / or other disaster. Tonight I drank Primitivo – Zinfandel’s inexpensive Italian cousin.
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