It was freezing; perfect weather for hotpot. My friend had just moved into a new house and wanted us over for dinner. Kiwi is such a big girl now. A bit more aloof too, lounging on the rug as we ate, making sure we understood that she couldn't care less about any of us.
We had wine. Many wines. Starting with a Cava and a sparkling Vouvray, all good, solidly made bottles. But the real excitement was with the two wines that anchored the meal. Arneis always has that wonderfully aromatic bouquet. The richly textured palate is always a surprise to people who taste it for the first time. Well extracted, vibrant. And what else could I say about the Mâcon Uchizy . . . always delicious. Lots of tropical fruit, that 2009 ripeness. Great texture, balance.
We go into these things all worried about what wine to pair with what, but really, we shouldn't be. It's easy. Sparkling wine always works. High acid always works. But most importantly, good company who likes to have a laugh.