As the New Year approaches, it’s time to reflect on the past 12 months and hopefully something can be learned from the experience. It is also a good time to lay plans for the coming year’s goals and activities. What are your goals for 2018? Do you have plans to travel? How about new hobbies and projects? Go ahead and share some of your ideas.
Ever wonder why the years seem to fly by as we grow older? Here’s a link to an interesting article that explains the reasons.
The first full moon of the new year will be on January 1st and it will be a “Supermoon” to boot!
As part of the “out with the old” tradition, I rummaged through the wine cellar for something old and special. To my delight, I found a bottle of very rare dessert wine that I half-way forgot about….Vintage 2000! I think 17 years is old enough to qualify.
This was a delightful wine made from the Vidal grape variety. Vidal is a hybrid especially suited for short growing climate and areas where frost can come early in the season. The Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada is a perfect example of such climate.
The wine – Vintage 2000, Inniskillin, Vidal Ice Wine, VQA Okanagan Valley
The vessel is an elegant and sexy, slender, long-neck, black bottle. A very unusual, but strikingly attractive bottle.
The cork was in very good condition. Once again, the well preserved cork is an indication that my storage facility is quite adequate. I don’t actually remember what I paid for this little split (375ml) of sweet wine, but I am sure it was likely not inexpensive.
The color was a deep and rich amber with hints of red – brown. Remember, this is a white grape and white wines gain color with age. Extracting this bottle from the cellar on a very cold winter night, meant that I did not need to chill the bottle on ice. It was a perfect temperature for tasting directly from cellar storage.
Luscious, silky smooth apricot and peach flavors…so smooth that if you didn’t know it, you would think you were drinking a fruit juice cocktail of fresh apricots and peaches. This wine would be sensational dribbled over ice cream!
As I researched this vintner and grape variety, I learned that the wine is made during the months of December and January, when the grapes are frozen. The Vidal grape variety was new to me and this manner of winemaking is quite unique. Here’s a link to more info on the specific methodology of making these Canadian Ice Wines. Also more information about the VQA classification for Canadian wines can be found here.
Alcohol content is about 10%, so that is in league with Sauterne dessert wines (made from the Semillon grape) and German Auslese or Ice Wine (made from Riesling grapes). It was a treat to share this fine specialty wine during the holiday season.
Here is a link to a collection of Classic New Year’s poems.
Sit back on a winter evening, savor your favorite cold-weather beverage, read a bit of poetry and reflect. It is good for the soul.