The ball dropped in Times Square. I turned to Hubby with my glass raised for a cin-cin. "Happy new year, sweetheart." He guiltily looked into his empty glass and made a mad dash for the kitchen. "Hold that thought!"
In his defence, it was a great wine: Huff Estates First Frost Vidal. A Champagne or sparkler may be the traditional way of ringing in the new year, but this was a tasty alternative, with its racy seam of acidity and mellow, honeyed sweetness.
New Year's Eve is pretty low-pro for us. The masses may take in outdoor concerts in the freezing cold or squeeze into three-inch heels for a glamorous party downtown, but I prefer jammies, good company and good wine at home. We welcomed 2011 with the Frost, along with a Mission Hill Pinot Noir to go with a feast of boeuf bourgignon. Followed up with a few hands of cards and a round of Trivial Pursuit, the night couldn't have been more perfect.
(You can totally tell I have kids, can't you?)
All the best to you, my fellow wineaux!