The summer is all about casual: poolside picnics, family BBQ's, cocktails and wine coolers. But the colder weather (and what qualifies as "colder" is definitely a matter of preference) seems to bring out the more buttoned up in all of us.
Pool parties give way to dinner parties and wine coolers give way to…well, just wine.
Gregory Cartier of AskMen (http://www.askmen.com/fine_living/wine_dine_archiv...) put it best: "Seasons change, and when they do, so do the wines we drink. Unless you live in a climate like Arizona or Hawaii, where your concept of winter is nonexistent in comparison to someone in Vermont, for example, your selection of wines probably changes when the mercury drops. If that is not the case, you should consider the climate and season next time you choose a wine for dinner."
"The idea of "winter wines" is not so much about specific vintages being appropriate in one season and unacceptable in another. Rather, it is about which characteristics of certain wines not only match well with the season, but more importantly, with the foods we associate with the season."
"In the heat of summer, I doubt you eat a lot of thick, hearty soups or stews, or roasts for that matter. Winter is the traditional time to eat these dishes, given the need to warm up when the temperature dips and to get some meat on your bones."
One thing that shouldn't change, however, are the accessories you use for opening, serving and preserving your wine. And so it should go without saying that you should pick up the new Rabbit Electra Wine Tool Kit ($50)—one for yourself and a couple for gifts. The set combines a premium Electric Corkscrew with a polished chrome Foil Cutter and the Rabbit Wine Preserving Stopper. They are all displayed and stored in a sensational Lucite presentation case (kind of like an upscale Swiss Army Kit for wine drinkers).
So put on an extra sweater, a couple of wine glasses and grab a bottle or two of red. Just because the temperature has dropped doesn't mean its time to stop celebrating!
On the east coast we had a relatively late Indian summer and its finally starting to feel like Fall. In our house that means switching the screen doors for the storm ones, making sure the generator still works and laying in some new wine (just in case we get snowed in).
According to the calendar, the next holiday is Columbus Day—commemorating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on October 12th, 1492. According to Wikipedia, it became a federal holiday in 1937. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event when teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism (for those out there counting, this year will mark the 521st anniversary…boy, does time fly!).
Since 1970, the Columbus Day has been fixed to the second Monday in October and is generally observed by banks, the bond market, the US Postal Service and other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses, and most school districts.
So let's raise a glass of wine, on this 521st anniversary (opened via the battery-powered Rabbit Electric Wine Preserver and the Rabbit Aerating Pourer and toast to Columbus' successful journey!