Above: Tuscany in winter. There’s no better wine to pair with wintry weather than Brunello di Montalcino!
It’s nearly dinner time and 18° F. in Chicago.
In New York, as folks are sitting down to dinner, it’s 27°.
In Houston (where our English-language blog master lives), it’s 34° degrees and — get this — it SNOWED YESTERDAY!
Even sunny San Diego had a low temperature of 53° today.
When the weather gets cold like this, it’s time to light the fireplace and fire up the oven and roast beef round, leg of lamb, or a pork loin the way they do it in Florence — arista di maiale (pronounced AH-rees-tah dee mai-AH-leh), the king of roast pork for the Tuscans.
In Montalcino, they’ll be lucky to hit 52° by late afternoon and by dinner time the temperature will drop to around 47° according to the forecast.
There’s no better time of year to open Brunello di Montalcino. Not only does it go great with all the dishes above, it’s rich flavor, tannic character, and muscular alcohol make it a perfect fit for a cold wintry evening when you need a great red with with a hearty dinner and a nuanced “meditative” wine (as they say in Italian) for your after-dinner cheese (ideally, slightly piquant aged pecorino).
Most hospitality businesses in Siena province — restaurants, hotels, and wineries — shut down during time of year because it’s so cold there.
If there were ever a time that we could truly call “Brunello time,” it’s the heart of winter.
So tonight, enjoy a glass or two of Brunello as you cozy up with someone you love after a satisfying meal. You won’t regret it!