By Alisha Giampola
Seasonal gourds, Halloween candy, and apple-scented everything make it so easy to get as excited about this season as Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Of course, we New Yorkers know Autumn only exists to lure us into thinking that the change to cooler weather will be refreshing: but that is just a big, slushy lie from the depths of Winter (it's coming™). So here right now (before you actually have to pull your huge puffy coat out of the back of your closet) is our official Wine Drinker’s Guide To Surviving Winter in NYC
One afternoon you realize it’s time to throw on a scarf, and the next thing you know, three pairs of tights under your jeans aren’t keeping out the chill. As the icy grip of winter closes in on you, reach for the hand that will keep it at bay. A dark and warming glass of this will be perfect to sip with a bowl of meaty soup, chili, or stew as you hole up in your apartment- prepared to not emerge again until at least April. Maybe you should go ahead and get a few bottles.
You’re about to have a lot of leftover turkey. We all are. You’re going to be trying to figure out recipes for turkey soup and turkey pot pie and turkey a la King and turkey enchiladas. Knock yourself out, but all you’ll really need to compliment that bird is this lovely, peppery Brouilly, a Cru Beaujolais.
Winter whites are always appropriate, in outerwear or in a wineglass. When the days are darkest and your black boots are the most salt-stained, it’s time to turn things around with a brighter outlook. Smoky, with wafts of nutmeg, stone fruit and vanilla, you’ll wish that this Rioja was also available as a candle and a sweater.
Be sure to mention #winteriscoming for 15% discount on any of the wines mentioned in this weeks article!
Alisha Giampola is a NYC-based writer/performer/teacher who really enjoys pairing wine with popcorn. You can read more of her words at www.crazytownblog.com/