The world continues to be struggling and all of us behind wine down and chill are nonetheless attempting that can assist you via it by doing our half. Most of you’re consuming extra wine these days with digital completely satisfied hours (VHH) so that you’re much more eager about studying about completely different wines as a way to get right down to consuming it! Obtained it. And right here’s a birthday shout-out to Nora!
Theme: frozen floor
Winter is coming and all of us at wine down and chill are bracing for influence and hoping that the seasonal chill and rains discover their strategy to the West Coast to place out all of the fires raging there.
Pay attention: freeze out
Tempted although I’m to interrupt into music, singing and twirling to “Let It Go,” (is that little ear worm now caught in your head?), I’m going to redirect our wine down and chill readers to different songs. Nothing fairly suits the frozen theme within the context of at this time’s film choice higher than the unique “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with respect to its (decades-later) controversial lyrics which put ladies in danger. However, we’re going to maintain issues gentle right here and I are inclined to lean in the direction of songs by The Boss, like “10th Avenue Freeze Out” and different classics. Right here’s a playlist about all issues frozen.
Study: Catalunya, Spain
Nestled within the Northeastern area of Spain, Catalonia is a semi-autonomous (self-governing and unbiased) space that was colonized by the traditional Greeks greater than a millennium in the past. Catalunya, residence to greater than 200 wineries, was formally designated as a acknowledged wine area in 2001. What makes it completely different from different wine areas around the globe, in addition to its terroir (the bottom, which by no means freezes there and imparts attribute wine flavors), is that the area is just not neatly outlined by tight, geographical boundaries. Reasonably, about 30 sq. miles loosely defines the world the place the 200+ wineries are distributed throughout.
Spain has a protracted historical past making glowing wines. Its origins date again to the mid-18th Century after Joseph Raventós, a Spanish winemaker, visited the Champagne area of France. By 1872, after a lot experimentation, he launched his first bubbly wine which used, in fact, the French champenoise technique. All through historical past, the Spanish and French haven’t precisely been besties so, over time, the Spanish winemakers wished to tell apart themselves from their French counterparts in order that they named their “champagne” (a bubbly wine distinction reserved just for these glowing wines produced within the Champagne area of France), cava. The Italians, in fact, to not be outdone, quickly adopted go well with with “prosecco.”
Wine: Freixenet Ice Cuvée Especial
You all know that I’m an enormous fan of bubbles so you possibly can hardly be stunned by at this time’s wine down and chill choice. Freixenet is the undisputed main producer of Cava with a historical past of winemaking and exporting to the USA that dates again to 1861. Even their web site bubbles! At first, the vineyard’s patriarch didn’t export bubbly wines however was experimenting with small batch fermentation. All that modified in 1911 after they started producing wines within the Conventional Cava Technique.
Freixenet Ice Cuvée Especial is a refreshing mix of Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada and Chardonnay designed to be served over ice; even their icy-white bottle invitations you to wine down and chill. The bubbles are teeny and delicate however convey notes of pears, tropical fruits, flowers and peaches to the floor. And no, it’s not a candy wine! You’ll find it at Complete Wine, distributed nationwide, for below $20 per bottle. That is the time to wine down and chill with one thing icy because the “actual white stuff” will quickly be making a slippery mess on our steps and roads.
Dine: frozen dinner
Yup. It’s all too straightforward lately to make a wine down and chill dinner by pulling one thing ready-made out of the freezer. Listed below are a couple of of my faves. Freschetta thin-crust pizza is best than simply about every little thing I’ve had eating in (which is clearly not an possibility). Dealer Joe’s frozen falafel bites and meatless meatballs provide unbelievable potentialities. So, at the very least for at this time, neglect about spending time in your kitchen when you may be chillaxing with a drink!
Watch: The Frozen Floor
This 2013 thriller now streaming on Netflix and starring the unbelievable Ed Norton together with Nicholas Cage will unnerve you. Filmmakers of scary flicks have an uncanny means of leaving you unhinged with their cinematography and graphic storytelling. What makes this film, The Frozen Ground, all of the tougher to get via is that it’s based mostly on a real story of women gone lacking in Alaska. Sadly, you possibly can guess their destiny. However motion pictures like this increase our consciousness in order that we’re extra acutely aware of our environment, extra inclined to note and report erratic behaviors and to go the space to guard those that are most susceptible.
Generally, wine down and chill film alternatives need to do greater than entertain us – they should awaken us with their social commentary.
I not too long ago had the privilege of talking with former Grand Chief of Cree Nation (and a tribe’s solely feminine to have earned the distinguished honor) in my Like a Boss podcast which will likely be launched later this weekend. She has launched into an formidable venture to inform an identical and equally eerie story. Her documentary (coming quickly) focuses on the 1,200+ younger women from Canadian First Nation reservations who’ve gone lacking or murdered. All of us have to do our half to boost consciousness of this tragic and widespread problem and to do extra to guard our younger ladies everywhere in the globe.
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It’s the weekend. Time to wine down and chill. Cheers!