My buddy Matthew Liberty, co-writer and cameraman for "Hoot N’Annie" wine blog, recently hosted a Twitter #winechat discussion about seasonal sipping. As summer fades into fall, some wine drinkers retire rosé and crisp white wines and transition to bolder reds to match heartier dishes often associated with autumn. I'm personally not a seasonal sipper. For example, I sip Rosé in the fall, Riesling in the winter, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the summer. For the most part, my wine selection largely depends on the mood and/or food. I think “seasonal sipping” is likened to the old rule of cuisine that says, “Red wine with red meat and white wine with fish.” Nowadays, a global selection of food and wine makes both seasonal sipping and the old rule of cuisine less important. I do know a handful of people who eat as locally as possible year-round, and while not intentionally, they tend to sip with the season because their locally sourced foods drive their wine selection. At the end of the #winechat discussion it was evident, the greater percentage of participants sip what they like, when they like -- the season doesn’t matter. Would you call yourself a seasonal sipper, a seasoned sipper, or a seasoned seasonal sipper?
Hawk and Horse Vineyards Latigo
One style of wine that I drink year-round but do find myself drinking more of during fall and winter months, are fortified wines – namely, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Port-style wines. For the #winechat discussion, I opened up a bottle of Hawk and Horse Vineyards 2006 Latigo (an equestrian term) – an estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon fortified port-style [dessert] wine. Hawk and Horse Vineyards is a small family-owned-and-operated boutique winery in California’s Lake County Red Hills AVA. The winery was founded in 1999 and the attractive packaging/label design reflects the owners' [Mitch Hawkins, Tracey Hawkins, and David Boies] love of horses and the red tail hawks that soar over their property. Only grapes from their vineyard, which are certified organic and biodynamic, are used in making the wines. The Latigo, ruby/amber in color, offers notes of black cherry, molasses, caramelized fig, and lingering spice aromas. The palate is smooth, rounded, and slightly sweet with a wonderful balance and rich texture that carries through to the medium-length pleasing finish. The Latigo clocks in at 16.5% ABV and retails for $45 (375ml half-bottle). Enjoy this wine in small amounts, served slightly cooler than room temperature, as an after dinner sipper or paired with chocolate desserts. Another good pairing option is a warming fireplace and a good book. Only 200 cases of the Latigo were produced, so if you are interested in having a splash in your glass or adding a few bottles to your collection, click here to visit the Hawk and Horse Vineyard’s website. For more on #winechat and upcoming discussion topics check out Marie Payton’s informative “The Life of Vines” wine blog. Cheers!
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