Hello there dear blog. I've been winter dreaming, gathering in the low beams of sunlight from my nest on the sofa where I seem to spend most of my free time between the pages of a book. These are days of slow moving ways (unless you are outside in which case you are probably moving very quickly to be back inside again).
There's been some of the usual life in the rim of domestic comfort: a meal of coq au vin that was pretty good, a meal out that was very good, some red, red wine, and a revelation - I am a lover of Irish Whisky.
Sure Scotch is good with all that Lowland, Highland, Speyside, Islay variety, and Canadian Rye Whisky must be in my blood somewhere via my father, but lately I can't seem to get enough of the Irish stuff. There's a sweet, smooth quality that tickles my fancy.
Warming after a day's ski.
Oh, and there has been some Alsace-Dreaming.
Riesling from Alsace is typically a little fuller and riper than it's German counterpart. I'd also say there's more fruit and not so much petrol/slate. This makes the wine very versatile and, well, yummy. This bottle is from a Vintages Release, but there's still lots of it out there ($16.95).