Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gearing up for winter

I know it's a bit early, but we are in Canada, so you can never be too safe in preparing for the cold. All reports so far suggest that we're going to have a colder winter than last year. Maybe not as much snow, but it'll be just as bad.

What to look forward to for winter? More heartier dishes, more seafood that's coming into season. More hotpot. And more red wine.

I know I've been talking and writing about German rieslings so much for the past few months, but it's what I've been drinking and really getting to know. Received word today that my Balthasar Ress order is in warehouse, and ready to ship in 3 or 4 weeks. My order was from their vertical offer:

1982 Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau
1983 Winkler Jesuitengarten Riesling Kabinett, Rheingau
1986 Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Spätlese, Rheingau

I don't think I'll ever have the chance to taste such old rieslings, so I jumped at the offer to buy. Best part was the price - $64 total, for all three bottles. Will put them away for at least next summer though - it's getting much too chilly for wines as razor sharp as riesling.

Excited. Mussels, oysters, clams...all the shellfish will be coming into season soon. As well as a lot of freshly harvested Ontario produce. I don't think I'll be able to go to Niagara this autumn. I'm really disappointed, but I think I'll have to skip. Gas prices and all....

What are you planning to drink for the cooler weather? Next month, I'll visit my friend's place, to pick out some wines. I'm thinking some of the older Bordeaux I have there, as well as some Niagara pinot noir. Champagne for the holidays, and some Sauternes. Oh, and my port as well. You know what: I've drank as much wine in the past 2 months as I did in a week when I was in Waterloo. No exaggeration.

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