I'm not embarrassed to admit it - even the first nip of cold air (and snowflakes!) last week had me cowering in fear of winter.
Iím not embarrassed to admit it ó even the first nip of cold air (and snowflakes!) last week had me cowering in fear of winter.
As a wine drinker, whatís the best way to prepare for a long and cold winter? Stock up on spicy wine.
ďSpicyĒ doesnít mean itís on par with Sriracha ó but it might leave your tongue a little tingly. A wine with spice is typically characterized by a peppery, cinnamon-y flavor, a byproduct of the oak barrel itís been aged in, along with other variables combined, rather than some sort of spice from the grape itself.
My challenge: Find a spicy wine to warm me up. The 2011 Plungerhead Cabernet Sauvignon ($16) suggested to me at MacLaren Wines fit the bill fairly well. Itís a Lodi, California-grown label thatís a lot spicier than most cabernets ó something you can almost smell as it tingles your nose before you take a sip.
But itís not so spicy that your average red-wine drinker wouldnít like it. In fact, they might love it. Thanks to a full body and some toasty oak flavors, the overall effect is balanced, while garnering accolades for spicing things up a bit. Try it with a pulled-pork-and-caramelized-onion pizza or maybe barbecue right off the grill to really embrace the experience.
Photo by Meghan Ralston
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