Are you ready to keep the wine down and cool down? You might like to fly to Instagram where you can find wine art and photography at #WineDownAndChill. Follow me there then come back here every Friday to find food, movie, wine and music suggestions that combine into one theme. Read on for an easy, no-recipe-demanding delicious dinner combined with affordable wine, some music, and a viewing proposal. We are here to help you sit down, hold the wine and bake.
Cheers and thanks for a year of grapes
We are just days away from watching the iconic New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Two new seven-foot numbers, 2 and 0 for the start of a new decade, were delivered by flatbed truck last week and are now parked on the sidewalk for the perfect start of the new decade photo opp. It won’t be long before they lift the ball to light up Manhattan.
It is also the perfect time to reflect on 2019 and thank you, readers, for all your support. I’m also grateful to a number of wineries that have made my wine down and the cold column a lot of fun. Thank you!
Looking back looking ahead
As a self-styled scientist and recently dressed by my little sister for being “full body”, adding some data to his column today seems like a sensible thing to do. Here are some fun things to digest the week’s wine down and chill the column one byte at a time … this is the 44th column. Despite my personal feel for the six-column Cabernet Sauvignon, I was able to marvelously dispose of 23 different wine varieties, including the dedication of four columns to Rosé. Rounding out the other dishes: Prosecco, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and red blends were presented three times each. The “unexpected” varieties like Pelham’s Henry’s Baco Noir (which generated a lot of response and the civilians trying to pull it off), Traminette and Chenin-Blanc Viognier were well-received articles, so we’ll do more of them next year .
Top-notch articles included pool and cottage box wines, canned wines for consumers on the go, wine below and cool food, a selection of movies and drinks to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and our selection of sauces . This suggests that our readers are cultured, multinational, on the move and are always looking for opportunities to meet friends. There are no surprises there!
The wine and chill fan were “Pardon My French”, “Expecto Patronum” by Harry Potter and “The Deconstructed Taco with Neo” in my tribute to The Matrix and Keanu Reeves. I tried to pick a personal favorite, but it came up short – too many choices!
Breaking form – not breaking bad
Don’t wait, we’ll be back to the standard wine below and whisper next year … for now, we’ll have some fun choosing Fave Five wines. They may – or may not be – your favorites. Tell us which one you liked best!
A, Henry of Pelham Baco Noir, hands down, the winning winner this year.
Two, The ramp of the Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon. how did you know that Cab Sauv would make the Top 5 ?!
Three, Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier, a smooth and unexpected grape mash-up.
Four, Gérard Bertrand Cote des Roses Rosé, indeed, a great way to rosé all day.
Five, Riondo Prosecco, because everyone should have bubbles every day, not just New Year’s Eve.
It just can’t go wrong! Choose one of these wines and relax. Hold the wine and chill, celebrate the end of a decade and the dawn of a new one. Stay at home or go out and have fun on New Year’s Eve. Your choice – just don’t drink and drive.
Be safe. Be happy. Cheers to 2020!
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