Much of the East Coast is digging out from under the snow that fell this past weekend during snowstorm Jonah, which shows that as much as you felt like you weren't going to see winter weather, you had to think again. Winter can be annoying. Snow gets tracked into your house, no matter how much you try to keep it out. You have to shovel, dig out your car, or merely navigate congested, slushy city streets. But every season has its beauty--something you remember when many of your friends grow grapes (or any other food) for a living. Winter snow banks moisture for the coming months, and winter snow covers the living plants with a nice, fluffy, insulated coat. Winter, in sum, is necessary to the regions where winter is natural.
For these reasons, I say that the best thing to do with winter weather is celebrate it. Cook yourself hearty stews, big bowls of pasta, thick warm soup, or a nice cut of meat; open a big bottle of wine, and hunker down with friends and family to enjoy the cold weather from the warmth of your own home. To help you do exactly this, I've picked wines that have been favorites of IWM clients of late. First, there's a new allocation of Renzo Seghesio's rustic, authentic, vibrant Barolo Ginestra from 2010. I worked hard to bring Renzo's wines to the United States, and when you drink this Barolo, you'll be glad I did.
Second, I picked some large format bottles of Il Poggione's benchmark 2010 Brunello Riserva. This incredible vintage might be a little young to drink right now, but there's always next winter--or many, many winters to come. Here's to celebrating the seasons with great taste and Italian style!