Is Wiarton Willie planning another six weeks of hearty red wine?

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On Groundhog Day, our attention turns to furry weather forecasters in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, Wiarton, Ontario, and other communities. According to tradition, if the marmot sees its shadow, we are six more weeks into winter. No shade calls for an early spring.

In the middle of the dreary winter, this shadow theater gives us something to talk about. A distraction from cold and grey.

I have no idea what the groundhogs will see when they appear on the scene today.

In my world, the sight of a shadow means six more weeks of hearty red wines. No Shadow becomes a welcome invitation to make room in the fridge for cool, refreshing whites in anticipation of the warmer days ahead.

Winter wine options include rich and rewarding red wines, such as Nebbiolos from Piedmont, Shiraz from Barossa and Grenache-based blends from southern France. They are full-bodied and flavorful wines, with a robust character that makes them less appetizing, at least to my taste, on a hot, humid summer day.

In February, I tend to push out great big, bold reds to crack open and savor before the moment passes. Before long, my attention will be drawn in another direction by the excitement of the bright young wines of the 2021 vintage. These new releases offer a sense of discovery from new and emerging producers as well as a chance to reconnect with the latest offerings. of established regions and vineyards.

Other notable spring selections include racy Rieslings from Germany and Austria, albarinos from Rias Baixas in Spain, and rosés from the south of France, which are equally appetizing and attractive even when the backyard is covered. of snow.

I realize that not all wine lovers share my seasonal fluctuations. Some have a go-to bottle they enjoy year-round, reveling in its consistency and familiar flavor. This gives wine hour a safe and predictable outcome. Others regularly enjoy a red or white house, in all weathers and in many different social situations, until they are forced to seek out a suitable replacement.

Wine appreciation has never been a one-size-fits-all scenario. We are spoiled for choice. There has never been a better selection of well-made wines from all corners of the world to discover. There are many factors that can influence our buying decision, whether we are enjoying the snow and cold or we are eagerly hoping for an early spring.

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