Friday, February 20, 2015
There is not much else to do today but stay in bed. The overnight temperature was -12 f degrees (-25 c) and with the wind the chill factor was -25 f (-31 c). The furnace is working overtime. It is sunny this morning and we should reach a balmy 16 f degrees today (-9 c) before more snow arrives this evening.
I spatchcocked and roasted a large chicken yesterday evening, in part because I wanted the oven heated for awhile. The wine was a Dry Creek Vineyard dry Chenin Blanc from the Clarksburg AVA in Sacramento Delta area of California. It has been a number of years since I tried this wine, but Dry Creek Vineyard has had Chenin Blanc in its lineup of wines since 1972.
The nose was floral and sweet with some hints of white pepper that had been freshly ground. The taste was dry and flowery reflecting the nose. There was god acid and just a suggestion of sweetness at the end (0.6% residual sugar). The finish was brief but crisp and appealing. This is not a wine to brood over, just a good, basic white wine that makes food taste better.
Dry Creek Vineyard dry Chenin Blanc. 12.5% alcohol and $10.