Visions of Ski Lodges Dance In My Head
Happy New Year everybody!
Hopefully all my readers had a safe, enjoyable holiday.
I was supposed to babysit the grandkids last night, but my daughter and charming-son-in-law’s plans changed, so the Hubster and I went out to our favorite Italian restaurant for an “early bird” dinner. Geesh, what’s become of us?
When we were younger, we used to go to New York City for New Years and party all night long; then the kids came along and we’d go out to our friends for a nice dinner and party and come home about 2 am.
Now, as Baby Boomer’s, it’s early-bird dinners, we stay home and the hubs turned in around 9 pm on New Years. Last night I blogged and tweeted and partied online doing the hashtag #lamenewyearseve.
I embibed a bit with sipped some Ice Wine on New Years eve. There’s still some left from Christmas, and since it’s sort of officially still New Year’s Day, I’m finishing it I finished it.
Ice Wine and Settling In To a New Year
You may ask what’s Ice Wine? No, this isn’t a paid post, or anything of that sort. I didn’t know what it was either until I went to Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York to visit my brother one year. We toured some wineries that had wine tastings, since it’s wine trail country up there.
Here’s the official Wikipedia definition of ice wine:
Ice wine (or icewine, as one word, or in German, Eiswein) is a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. The sugars and other dissolved solids do not freeze, but the water does, allowing a more concentrated grape must to be pressed from the frozen grapes, resulting in a smaller amount of more concentrated, very sweet wine.
When my brother visited for Thanksgiving, he brought a house gift of Iced Wine from Hunt Country Vineyards for my daughter.
I would describe it as smooth and sweet – almost like a brandy. To me, ice wine leaves a definite coating when you drink it, unlike a say perhaps Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Burgandy wine. It’s meant to be an appertif, or after-dinner wine. I serve it in my Waterford Crystal wine glasses. Perhaps it could also be served in cordial glasses.
I’ve tweeted about ice wine, and Renee Ross from Cutie Bootie Cakes asked what it was. Speaking of Renee – she was my Secret Santa Pal this year when I participated in the T.J.Maxx and Marshall’s Secret Santa exchange. More on that in another post!
Now, in my mind I’m sitting by a roaring fire or wood stove looking out the window at the snow-covered ground in New England here. I don’t ski anymore, but would be content to curl up in a ski lodge that has Wifi or read a good book, and sip a nice vintage ice wine!
I’m going to look into ordering some Ice Wine and nice wine glasses online, as it’s a long trip back to the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
I’ve found others locally at are equally as good – one has sweet flavors of pineapple and citrus while another has peach and honey flavors in it.
Have you tried Ice Wine? What’s your favorite! If not, you might look into it for the holidays! It’ll make a great Christmas gift for Mom, Dad, Grandmother or Grandfather!
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