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Instant Gratification, and Arrival of the Spring

flowers 2014You know, when the winter is like the one we had in New England, you get to the point when you sort of stop believing that  the spring will come. You wake up in the morning, your thermometer shows 20F, and your mind doesn’t even comprehends the concept of spring, flowers, grass – no, those leftovers of the snow are going to stay forever. Only a few days ago I was explaining to my daughter about the flowers called snowdrop in English, which are usually showing up as soon as snow melts, and I was lamenting that this year we probably will see no snowdrops as the winter was so brutal here.

Then today was the first official day of spring, and while it was still cold outside, it was definitely more palatable (read: warmer), and the snow was almost gone. And walking around the house all of a sudden I saw… flowers! It was simply magic, the magic of life happening right here, right now. No matter how brutal the winter is, the spring will come no matter what – and I was looking at the proof. Don’t know if this is exactly a snowdrop or simply a similar flower, but I was definitely happy to see it.

Okay, so spring is here. And for the instant gratification part? Easy. Here I’m talking about wine (wow – total surprise, huh?). You know, I can define the instant gratification as a sequence of a few very simple steps – twist, pour, sniff, say “ahh”, sip, roll your eyes towards the ceiling – have a moment of bliss. The wine which gave me this moment of blissful instant gratification – 2006 Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir Central Otago, New Zealand. I wanted to have a good glass of wine, and as I only have a vague idea of what wines are in the cellar, I was simply looking through the wines on one of the shelves – and when I saw this bottle Mt. Difficulty, I thought  – yes, that will do it – and it delivered. Beautiful classic Pinot Noir on the nose – a little smoky, a little earthy – and perfectly fresh, full of juicy cherries and herbs, harmonious palate. You know, the one which gives you an instant gratification. I loved that wine so much that I simply had to connect the first flowers with this wine – as you can see it in the picture below:

flowers and pinot noir

The spring is here! Let’s drink to Life! Cheers!

  1. March 21, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Yes, I also am wondering if this winter will really ever loosen it’s grasp. Yesterday I had a glass of wine outside looking at the first signs of spring, I see your crocus have bloomed mine sadly have not yet but there is a little bit of green poking out of the soil. The wine sounds wonderful, love the name.

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      So this flower is called crocus – thank you, it is good to know! Yes, this is a very good wine – it is reasonably priced and quite consistent – look for it if you like Pinot Noir.

  2. March 21, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I just saw this–maybe another snow storm for Tuesday. UGH.

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      It’s okay – the snow at the end of March is annoying – but it is not going to stay for long…

  3. March 21, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Cheers to that, my friend: I can hardly think of a better way to toast to our… hope that Spring finally makes it our way! 🙂

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      It does! The flowers even opened up now!

  4. Antisocial Patty
    March 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Interesting that the word Difficulty is on the label. Maybe I need a bottle of that to get through our oppressive summer? Cheers to Spring!

    • talkavino
      March 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      The wine is named after Mount Difficulty in New Zealand, this is where the winery is located.This is one of my favorite Pinot Noir wines overall, definitely can help with summer heat, but not as much as the nice Muscadet : )

  1. April 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

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