What is it about rain that makes us want to curl up with a cozy blanket and a glass (or bottle) of wine? I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite rainy-day rituals is to get a big pot of hearty stew bubbling on the stove, a loaf of fresh bread baking in the oven, and an old Turner Classic on the telly – all while sipping on a glass of red wine, of course! There’s just something so comforting about it all. The aromas, the warmth and the nostalgia, for me, are beyond compare.
But rain doesn’t have to make you “lazy” – a day spent indoors can be productive as well. One could just as easily clean out closets, work on a hobby or craft (I’ve currently got several “unfinished projects” going) or tackle the laundry pile. And just so you know, wine is an excellent companion to these activities as well!
Another favorite wine…I mean “rainy day” activity is reading. I’m a bit of a bookworm as it is, but I’m rarely as inspired to get my hands on a new novel as when it’s raining out. I’ll even quite happily head over to the local independent bookstore (wouldn’t it be great if they had wine bars as well as coffee shops?) and, after an hour or so of perusing the shelves, take my new treasures home and sip on a nice Cabernet while deciding which one to read first.
Not surprisingly, I also find wine is an excellent companion for a quiet moment of contemplative practice.
The act of wine tasting alone is a kind of meditation – the thoughtful way you swirl the glass, raise it to your nose to take in the aromas, and then take that first sip – noticing first the way the wine feels on your tongue (is it smooth? sharp? warm or chilled? does it stay in one spot or does it spread out?…) and then noticing the way it tastes (is it bitter? sweet? spicy? acidic? velvety?…). When done while hearing the rain fall (is it pattering gently on the roof? pouring down? are cars splashing by on the road outside?), tasting wine can be a symphony for the senses!
Think about these things next time the rain gets you down, and then open that bottle of wine and be brilliant!